What a spectacular year it has been! We’ve been busy across the UK supporting women, raising vital funds, campaigning and raising awareness so that together we can make sure that every woman with ovarian cancer has the best chance of survival and the best possible support.
This autumn we launched our biggest campaign to date – It’s time to TAKE OVAR. 11 women die every day from ovarian cancer, the TAKE OVAR is raising awareness of Target Ovarian Cancer with women with ovarian cancer, health professionals, funders and policy makers to make sure that every woman with ovarian cancer receives the diagnosis, treatment and support that she and her family need.
We were thrilled to be able to award Professor Richard Edmondson our latest research grant. This means that we have committed over £1m in total to groundbreaking ovarian cancer research across the UK. Professor Edmondson’s research looks in detail at DNA damage and repair in ovarian cancer cells, which will help to better target and personalise treatments for women with ovarian cancer.
We have been touring the nations with our Pathfinder study to raise awareness of ovarian cancer with key policy makers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and to keep it high on their agenda. In October we were back in Westminster to TAKE OVAR the Houses of Parliament and to mark the progress we’ve made so far getting a pilot awareness campaign and a commitment from the government to produce a NICE clinical guidance for women with recurrent ovarian cancer.
It’s always such a privilege to meet our inspiring supporters at The Ovarian Cancer Walk and this year we were thrilled to have our biggest yet. Together we travelled over 4000 km to beat ovarian cancer. Thank you to everyone who joined us in Edinburgh and London to make them such fantastic events.
We held a whopping six Being Together and Supporting You days from Edinburgh all the way to Brighton. We’ve already planned to be in Cheltenham in March and Manchester in April next year, and look out for announcements of more events in 2018
And there has been so much more. Without you, our supporters, we wouldn’t be able to do any of these things. So I want to take the chance to say thank you. Thank you for working tirelessly to support us and I promise you we will not give up until we have beaten ovarian cancer!