A ZEST FOR LIFE - Remembering Kate Clayton

18 Aug 2021

In 1994, Kate Clayton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

For over 20 years, Kate was inspirational as she bravely battled and subsequently overcame this disease under the care of Professor Michael Quinn AM - Kate’s self-confessed ‘hero’ and ANZGOG member.

Sadly, in 2020 Kate lost her battle. But not before she lived a full life with many admiring Kate’s amazing zest for life, her wit, and her love for her family.

“Kate saw Professor Michael Quinn AM for over 20 years after her diagnosis - much longer than she needed to - and they bonded over their shared Scottish heritage” said Kate’s granddaughter, Ellie McDonell. “She was a very remarkable woman and Michael gave us many more good years with her, so as a family we will be forever grateful.”

So inspired, Ellie and her family decided to honour Kate’s legacy by creating an online In Memoriam tribute page on the WomenCan website.

Leaving a gift in memory of a loved one is a wonderful way to honour their legacy. By collecting donations at her funeral and creating an In Memoriam tribute page, Ellie has given her family and friends a space to leave messages of love and support. She has also provided an easy way for them to contribute to ANZGOG’s pioneering gynaecological cancer research, raising over $3,600 in Kate’s name.

"Kate had a long, rich and fulfilling life.  Her personal battle with ovarian cancer was a defining moment. We wanted her legacy to be celebrated and for those who loved her to be able to contribute to a cause close to Kate's heart,” said Ellie. “We know she would have been so honoured to know that donations made in her memory will help fund research to improve the lives of other women with ovarian cancer.”

Inspired by her grandmother’s cancer journey, Ellie has built a nursing career around providing care for other women with a gynaecological cancer.

“Going full circle, I am now a Gynae Oncology Care Coordinator working at The Women’s with ANZGOG member Associate Professor Orla McNally’s oncology team. Despite never thinking I would be a cancer nurse; it really is my true passion and calling.”

Our heartfelt thanks go to Kate, Ellie, and family for their wonderful support of ANZGOG and WomenCan.

Click here to learn more about WomenCan’s In Memorial program.