Help us continue to fund South Australia's first Ovarian Cancer Care Nurse to support South Australian women with this disease and their families. Every year approximately 1,600 Australian women and 120 South Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, most of them at advanced stage.
Claims the life of one Australian woman every ten hours
There is no specific conclusive test
The smear test DOES NOT detect this disease
This disease is symptomatic. The four most common symptoms include:
size or persistent
OC Challenge Incorporated is a not for profit, registered charity, with the aim to educate, increase awareness and support women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in South Australia. We support two nurses as our outreach who will work with the medical team who are in charge to help women and their families to navigate the medical system and other problems they may encounter. Referrals are usually made from the treating team.
We report annually to the Australian charities commission, provide tax deductible receipts for donations, with our accounts audited on an annual basis pro bono by William Buck
Debbie Gracie was moved by an article on ovarian cancer in a woman's magazine in 2007. She spoke with some of her friends, who thought they were covered by regular pap smears. She decided that ovarian cancer was underrepresented in the focus of both women and funding, so decided to promote awareness of the disease with a fundraiser. Wishing to continue, she looked for a Patron and spoke with Carol Martin OAM, Port Adelaide/Enfield Councillor, who was instantly enthusiastic. She then looked for a speaker, reaching out to Dr. Margaret Davy AM, at that time Director of Gynaecological Oncology in Adelaide. Our awareness and fundraising continued from May 2007 and since our incorporation end of 2014, our challenge supporting women with Ovarian Cancer and their families in various ways.
After numerous regional roadshows around South Australia where health resources are finite including areas where women are socioeconomically disadvantaged and speaking to hundreds of people at each event, we have achieved our goal of funding South Australia's first ovarian cancer care nurse early 2022 with our second beginning mid 2023 supported by gynaecological oncologists. This is support that women with this disease desperately need. We understand the impact this type of care and support can have on patients.
Our Volunteer Community
Many clubs and organisations across South Australia help us raise awareness and funds for our Ovarian Cancer Charity by allowing OC Challenge to be their charity recipient. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is February - You could run a girls 'Teal' night in, dinner party or corporate casual clothes day at work to help us raise awareness and funds? Or if you participate in the City-Bay Fun Run in September, see our events page for details.
Or simply start fundraising now, setting up your own page in honour of a special friend or family member via the Just Giving website by choosing the Start Fundraising button below.
Or choose to make a 'one off' donation by clicking the make a donation button below via PayPal.