Only 3 per cent of women are very confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer, so we urgently need to raise ovarian cancer awareness. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every March, is a vital part of our work to raise awareness, save lives and help women with ovarian cancer live their lives to the full.
By focusing our efforts, both large and small, together we can make a big impact. Could you take on the 50s Challenge, to tell 50 people about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and raise £50 to support our work? One in 50 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, so giving out 50 leaflets could help one woman to spot the symptoms and get an earlier diagnosis.
Will you pledge to take on the 50s Challenge in March 2015? Pledge your support today and we will be in touch in the new year with ideas and materials to help get you started.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in 2014
In 2014, our amazing supporters organised over 500 events including swimathons, coffee mornings, tea parties, cake sales and awareness stands all over the country. Over 50,000 women were made aware of the symptoms with more than £60,000 raised. These donations have allowed us to help continue funding potentially lifesaving research, distribute symptoms leaflets and develop the support we are able to offer women living with ovarian cancer.
Fundraising and raising awareness
Ursula was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011, when she was 31 years old. By March 2012 she was in follow-up treatment. Two years later she is taking on an epic walk around Wales to fundraise and raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms.
“For the next three years of follow-up treatment I'll be attending regular hospital appointments. So I’ve started “One Woman Walks Wales” to make my life a little wilder again, raise money for charity and let more people know about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Starting in Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, in March 2014 I will walk from my home in Machynlleth to a hospital appointment in Bristol then, during the six months before the next appointment I'll walk around, through, in, under and over Wales, in all its wonderful variation before returning to Bristol"
You can follow Ursula's Journey by visiting her facebook page.