Step Up for Ovarian Cancer
I’m stepping up this September for my darling late friend Kristen.
Kristen was an inspiration to us all. No challenge or adventure was too big or too fearful for her to take.
As a new mum who doesn’t have the best fitness anymore…I’m scared of hiking these 5 peaks, and quite frankly don’t want to do it….but these women facing cancer are scared and also don’t want to do it. So I’m putting on my big girl boots and I’m channelling Kristen’s strength to get me through this. I’m asking for your support to cheer me on 💙
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).
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.
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
Event InformationSaturday 04th September
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