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, licenced & registered South Australian charity, which aims to educate, increase the awareness and act with urgency on the symptoms of women with Ovarian Cancer in South Australia. All monies stay in South Australia to support all projects.
Our aim is to continue to grow, assist and support South Australian women diagnosed with this insidious disease. This will include funding to increase community awareness from every avenue possible.
The OC Challenge committee are all volunteers. There are no wages paid from fundraising. 100% of funds raised will support women and their families.
Accounts are audited on an annual basis 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. She looked for a promoter and spoke with Carol Martin, a Port Adelaide/Enfield Councillor, who was instantly enthusiastic. She then looked for a speaker, so spoke with her GP who had studied with Margaret Davy, Director of Gynaecological Oncology in Adelaide. Our awareness and fundraising continued from May 2007 and since our incorporation end of 2014, our challenge is to support women with Ovarian Cancer and their families in various ways. Statistically there are approximately 120 women diagnosed in South Australia annually.
One of our charters is to run regional roadshows in all those destinations in South Australia where health resources are finite including areas where women are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
We intend to reach out and spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. Plus we’ve begun the planning of and are calling on South Australians to help us reach our goal of funding our first ovarian cancer nurse. 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 Committee
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 Every Day Hero website (see our donate now button above). If you wish to avoid fees for yourself and our charity and prefer using Pay Pal, please use this link https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/3505261 to make a one off or regular donation.