Try to enjoy at least one moment each day. We never know what lies ahead, so we must make the most of the journey.

Morgan Gaynor

Stage IV, Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Survivor

About

Born 1989

New Jersey, United States

Diagnosis

Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma, Stage IV

Hospital

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest female cancers in the world but receives a fraction of the research funding compared to breast cancer. Morgan Gaynor, diagnosed with stage IV low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma at age 30, began Morgan Beats Cancer as a way to share her journey with friends.

Morgan grew up in New Jersey, spending her summers on the beach and enjoying an annual ski trip to Vermont in the winters. As a child, she dreamed of working in New York City, which she eventually did after graduating from Philadelphia University with a degree in Marketing and Finance. After a few years in the Big Apple, Morgan took a job closer to home in New Jersey where she has grown professionally and developed her marketing expertise for nearly 10 years. 

Morgan was always passionate about volunteering and joined the Junior League of Monmouth County. This is where Morgan honed her leadership skills and learned about nonprofit operations and governance. Morgan joined the board of the JLMC in 2020 and the Junior League of New Jersey State Council board in 2021. 

After completing her MBA at Monmouth University, Morgan decided to look into freezing her eggs. This decision would ultimately lead to her ovarian cancer diagnosis and save her life. 

On September 17, 2019, at 30 years old, Morgan underwent over 9 hours of surgery to remove stage IV low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma. Following surgery, Morgan completed 6 rounds of intense chemotherapy and started a five-year hormone-blocking regimen in March 2020. 

Morgan began sharing her story on social media almost immediately after her diagnosis and connected with women around the world facing ovarian cancer. She shares her marketing expertise and ovarian cancer experience with several organizations dedicated to raising ovarian cancer awareness and funding potentially life-saving research. 

Morgan currently serves on the board of STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation, the first United States-based organization dedicated to funding low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma research. Morgan also advocates at the federal, state, and local levels on behalf of ovarian cancer patients for increased funding for ovarian cancer research and awareness with OCRA (Ovarian  Cancer Research Alliance). Morgan also participates in OCRA’s Survivors Teach Students program where ovarian cancer survivors share their stories with medical students to bring awareness to the subtle ovarian cancer symptoms. 

MBC helps raise awareness of ovarian cancer and helps women facing a similar diagnosis around the world.

Features

STAAR Ovarian Cancer

Thriver Thursday - Giving Tuesday Edition November 2020

Cure Our Ovarian Cancer

May 2020, World Ovarian Cancer Day Campaign

Help Save Lives Around the Globe

Morgan Beats Cancer helps to fund life-saving ovarian cancer research. 

For more information on ovarian cancer, visit OCRA. For additional details on low-grade serous carcinoma, visit Cure Our Ovarian Cancer