Updated: January 27, 2022 06:28 PM
Created: January 27, 2022 08:36 AM
The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, MOCA, isn't letting the pandemic slow them down. The non-profit just announced a record $1.1 million dollar allocation for research funding in 2022, the most ever awarded in one year.
Executive Director Kathleen Gavin told us, "We are really excited. We know our partner in health care feel buoyed by this too. A lot of funders have pulled back or delayed, so our support means even more to them now." She added they rigorously vet the projects.
This now brings MOCA's funding for research over the $10 million mark. It goes towards things like new clinical trials, vaccines to prevent the disease from coming back, and advancements in the field of early detection.
One survivor who is grateful for the funding is Becky Drexler, who's been able to be on a maintenance therapy that was developed with the help of MOCA funding.
"Having the funds to give the researchers is critical to me. I feel like I have an opportunity to have a good quality of life, and to be cancer free for a long time, thanks to research," she told us.
Donors from the Northland have helped, with events like Light Duluth Teal and WDIO's Trees of Hope campaign.
Each year, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
For more info about MOCA: https://mnovarian.org/
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