Inspire, Empower and Celebrate women this September
September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. It's when we tie up our laces and get active to support women with low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSC).
Anyone can participate. All you need to do is be active, fundraise and raise awareness!
LGSC tends to affect younger women and is difficult to treat. Which is why we Step Up in September to show women they're not alone and raise crucial funds for research.
Whether it's a 5km run, 10 000 steps, an epic bike ride or a stroller push - it all counts.
TIPS TO GET STARTED:
1. Choose an activity - walk, run, cycle (or something else!)
2. Measure your activity - in time, or steps or distance or destination
3. Decide if you're going to do it one day, some days or every day in September
4. Join our team to create your fundraiser - you can fundraise on your own or add a "join" button to your page and ask your friends to be involved
5. Remember - have fun! Thank you. You're amazing!
Funds raised support Cure Our Ovarian Cancer's Charity Partner the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG). 100% of the funds raised through the event will be used for LGSC research. Research to give people with LGSC more time to do the things they love in life.
Elsa Larsen is stepping up for her last sister Kristen, who passed away from low-grade serous ovarian cancer in 2019 at the age of 27.
“We ran out of treatment options for Kristen, but she knew that research was the only way to make progress. Kristen wanted other young women who are diagnosed in the future to have more hope and that is why we will continue to advocate and fundraise” says Elsa.
Last year Elsa and 20 others hiked up five of the Glass House Mountains in one day! She put the call out and recruited 20 others to join the quest. Everyone was tasked to fundraise in honour of Elsa’s sister Kristen.
Elsa says "Kristen was someone who would set herself a goal and go out and make it happen. Ascending the five mountains in one day was a daunting task, but I knew we could all push through the fatigue and pain in honour of Kristen and all the other young women who have lost their lives to this disease.”
An incredible $9,000 was raised by “Team Kristen”. Elsa said "We had such an incredible day- it was exhausting but the view from the five peaks was breathtaking and really puts things into perspective. We had many comments from other hikers and on our social medias, so it really raised a lot of awareness of the disease as well as much needed funds for research.”
Elsa and the team are looking forward to doing the Step Up Challenge again in 2021.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit our website cureourovariancancer.org/au
Ovarian cancer is the least survivable women's cancer. Symptoms can include: bloating, eating less and feeling fuller, bowel habit changes, needing to urinate often or urgently, painful intercourse, bleeding between periods or after menopause, abdominal/pelvic/back pain, indigestion, unexplained weight changes and fatigue. If you experience any chances for two weeks or longer please discuss them with your doctor.