Maureen “Moe” Winckler’s Spirit Angel Award
This award is nominated to a individual or organization who has increased awareness about cervical cancer, funding for cervical cancer and/or themselves have fought a fearless fight against cervical cancer.
Maureen (Moe) Winckler Award
In 2013, we met Moe’s husband when he became involved with the Spirit Foundation. When we heard of Moe’s journey with cervical cancer, her strength, and the love and support she received from her family and friends, we knew we needed to honor her and others who have joined the fight against cervical cancer. Here is her story:
In 2003, Moe was diagnosed with Stage 3 cervical cancer. Moe went every year for her annual exam. The cancer had already spread to her lymph system so she underwent 21 rounds of external radiation, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and 40 hours of internal radiation. Moe was a fighter and, in 2008, she celebrated five years of being cancer free. Two years later, symptoms returned, including vaginal bleeding, which required 86 blood transfusions. In March of 2011, Moe was given one year to live. She decided she still had a lot of life to live in a short amount of time. She wanted to attend the next family picnic, she wanted to see her favorite band play in concert, and she wanted to travel. She made it to the family picnic, she went to the concert, and she traveled. Moe passed away five months later on August 25, 2011 at the age of 37.
Moe’s strength, humor, and love during her fight with cervical cancer was inspirational as was that of family, friends, and strangers. When Moe was ready to shave her remaining hair off due to chemotherapy, her family and friends surprised her by also shaving their heads. When she was undergoing blood transfusions, we hosted a blood drive to give back to the community with a goal of “100 Pints for Moe” and collected 150 pints. When she wanted to see her favorite band in concert, we rented a bus for everyone and arranged for her to meet the band. When she wanted to travel, we joined her. To carry out her final wishes, her family and friends retraced her last trip to Alaska so they would understand why she loved Alaska so dearly. Her ashes were spread on her favorite glacier.
Moe impacted those around her even during the most challenging of times. She deeply valued the outpouring of support she received. She wanted to give back to those who helped her as well as help others on the same journey. It is in that spirit that we, her family and friends, have continued to do what we can to raise awareness, offer support to others, advocate, and fundraise for cervical cancer. We do it in honor of Moe. ~ John Winckler
This spirit of love, inspiration, and dedication to the fight against cervical cancer by Moe and her family and friends is what the Spirit Foundation wishes to honor with the annual Maureen “Moe” Winckler Award. If you know of an individual(s)—whether a survivor, friend, family, individual, group, or organization—that has joined in the fight against cervical cancer and you would like to nominate them for this award, please send us their inspiring story and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2020 Maureen “Moe” Winckler Spirit Angel Award goes to the family of Helen Thompson Whitley
Please send your nominations for an individual or group for this award to email@example.com