Our Story

MCMOCF is a family founded and operated, non-profit foundation with the goals of:
1 raising awareness and fundraising for Ovarian Cancer research and education, and
2 funding scholarships for students in need.

In 2005, Michele McLennan lost her battle to Ovarian Cancer, forever leaving her mark on those who survived her – her husband and two daughters, brothers and sisters, and countless other family and friends. During her lifetime, Michele was a beloved professor of economics at Ursinus College, inspiring a multitude of students in and outside of her classroom. Always an educator, Michele made Ovarian Cancer awareness and education her objective upon finding out her diagnosis and encouraged those closest to her to do the same.
In 2009, we, her family, took up her cause by founding the Michele C. McLennan Ovarian Cancer Foundation (MCMOCF). Led by her husband, Keith McLennan, and sister, Trish Giardinelli, our family has dedicated itself to keep Michele’s memory and mission alive. Her personality and passions act as our guide in everything that we do, from fundraising ideas to where those funds are donated.
Our mission is to raise money for the causes closest to Michele’s heart – financially needy students, promotion of awareness of Ovarian Cancer and the need to find a cure. We also hope to continue the legacy of love and friendship that she inspired in everyone she met.
MCMOCF continues to grow each year as we promote our message and the next generation of our family joins our forces. Through our annual fundraising efforts, we have raised over $100,000 for the Michele C. McLennan Scholarship Fund at Ursinus College and donated over $100,000 to Ovarian Cancer research and education, including a $30,000 research grant in her name.