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Trees of Hope: MOCA and Kristine's Story

Updated: December 03, 2018 12:32 PM

WDIO and HOM Furniture's Trees of Hope Campaign kicks off for the 2018 season on Friday. The first of four non-profits we're featuring is MOCA, the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

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Kristine Greer is one of their board members, and a passionate advocate for awareness. "I was diagnosed at Stage 3. That's a tough stage to beat. When I meet women, who are Stage 3 and 4, I tell them to have hope. I'm still here, I beat the odds, and you can, too."

The Duluth native has made it her mission to help more women understand their bodies. She also shares her experiences with the medical community.

You may remember she founded the non-profit called Charlene's Light, in honor of her friend Charlene who died from the disease. She helped light Duluth teal, literally, by encouraging the city to light the aerial lift bridge and Enger Tower teal. Plus she's organized fundraisers like dinner galas and more.

Last year, Charlene's Light joined forces with MOCA.  All year long, they care for survivors. "We have support groups in the Northland. We have MOCA Cares Kits, which include items of comfort," she added. They also put on the events like the gala and the Elizabeth Busche Golf Scramble, named for the young curler who died from the disease.

Together, MOCA and its advocates like Kristine are focused on early detection, better treatment, and a cure. MOCA has provided $8 million dollars in research.

The hope is to have more outcomes for women like Kristine. "When I was first diagnosed, I saw cancer in all capital letters. It was bold. It was huge. I was terrified. And now I'm 17 years out, and cancer is in small letters. I don't feel like it's in control of me anymore," she shared.

Because of her work, more and more people are recognizing ovarian cancer symptoms, and the impact it has on all of us. It's all part of her journey. "It's been a trial, but I've been able to turn it into a treasure. We search for our purpose. Well, my purpose found me."

To support MOCA, click on the Trees of Hope banner our main page: https://www.wdio.com/

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