Alisha’s Dream

In by Alisha Thomson

Fundraising for research into low grade ovarian cancer for a better future. After a stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis at the age of 27 in 2016 I have a dream of a future with better treatment options for myself and women like me. This disease has very little research and very few specific treatments, it needs more support.

250.19% Raised
$12,509.47 donated of $5,000.00 goal
47 Donors

I live in Townsville, North Queensland. I have a love for life and enjoy spending my time with friends, my dog, going to the gym and playing touch football. I love my job as a doctor and feel passionately about reducing the stigma around mental illness and the wellbeing of doctors. Nov 18th 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 4 low grade ovarian cancer. My life changed forever. It might seem odd however I feel ovarian cancer has made me incredibly strong and has given me perspective on life. I appreciate my friends and family more and I value living in the moment. I believe everyone should have a bucket list that they tick off throughout there life rather than wait for retirement. You never know how life will turn out.

As a doctor I was horrified by the statistics for ovarian cancer and the significant disparity between the funding of different cancers. Ovarian cancer needs more awareness of the vague signs but it also needs funding for research into better treatments. I recall looking up my statistics when I was diagnosed, the 5 year survival rate was 17%. The odds for ovarian cancer have not improved at the rate of the other cancers such as breast because it hasn’t had the same level of funding or support. When my oncologist started me on chemotherapy they did not expect it to work, low grade often doesn’t respond. I asked her why I had to be on chemotherapy if it wasn’t expected to help me, just make me unwell. She said I had no other options, we didn’t have specific treatments available for low grade. So we took a gamble with my life.

I thankfully have responded to chemotherapy which as kept me alive thus far. As of Feb 2020 I have just started my third course of chemotherapy. I had a brief period of 8 months where my scans were clear where I got back to work and had just started to hope that maybe I could be someone who beats the odds before my cardiac metastasis showed up again on the scan. I truly do hope that the money we raise will fund research that could give me a treatment option through a clinical trial that might just save my life.

Every donation counts, thank you.

Alisha xo

  1. Erin Huston

    Good job!
  2. Ruth Cassidy

    Great job, Jules!
  3. Katherine Bradford

    Nice one Jo!
  4. Rian Pace

    Go team!
  5. Alisha Thomson

  6. Genevieve Graw

    Keep smiling 🙂
  7. Sally Aubrey

    For team Alisha, and for Janice
  8. Andrea Dighton

    Thinking of you Alisha! You’re amazing!
  9. Kristen Haakons

    Great job Alisha!
  10. Kristen Haakons

  11. Lucy-Anne Tolcher

    We love you Alisha! You are a pillar of strength and we are so grateful you can access this new medication. Love always xoxo
  12. Cassandra Buono

    Looking forward to hearing there's an early detection test for this awful cancer. Well done Jo for heeling fund such important research xx
  13. Jacqueline Scott

    And the 200km doesn’t even include your steps on the netball court! Go Jo!!
  14. Kerry Campbell

    Great effort here Jo and Team, well done on raising $ and awareness for such a worthwhile cause.
  15. Alisha Thomson

  16. Ciara Peddell

    Incredibly proud of you Alisha!! Xxx
  17. Alysha Bloomfield

    Go Lish! You’re amazing xx
  18. Kylie Hall

  19. Lucinda Pace

    For all women ?
  20. Anonymous

  21. Leonie Bebington

  22. Doug Bebington

    Good cause
  23. Anonymous

  24. Jane Ludemann

    Good luck!
  25. Lesley Boyce

    Go Julia & Rocker xx
  26. Sophie Manoy

    For all of our cancer fighting doctor team.
  27. Anonymous

    This is such a worthwhile cause. I am grateful to everyone who is participating in the Step Up Challenge to shine a light on womens' cancer and in particular Ovarian cancer. Jill
  28. Greg Timar

  29. Jennifer Wright

    Go Jo and team Alicia!
  30. Jo Reynolds

  31. Mia Cassin

    Congratulations on your commitment to creating awareness and supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Together we can all make a difference. Go Team Alisha!
  32. Jo Brown

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Life brings challenges and adversity will get most through - but every cent of fundraising for research will help make the world of difference to many.
  33. Wenda Lawrence

    Well done Jules, a very worthy cause.
  34. Sarah Hunt

    You're gonna smash this Jules! ?❤? for a very worthy cause xxx
  35. Matthew Jalland

    Because we need to find a cure to save innocent lives and we love and support our family.
  36. Jane Ludemann

    Wow go you Alisha, you're an inspiration. Good luck!
  37. Facebook fundraiser donations for Alisha's birthday

  38. Sabrina Ritom

    We love you Alisha! You're an inspiration with your spirit despite the adversities 🙂 🙂
  39. Jeanine Tegg

  40. Sabine Stutzbach

    Thank-you for creating awareness and advancing research into women's health.

    U r amazing! Stay strong
  42. Josephine Tchia

    Keep fighting Alisha! You are amazing!
  43. Anonymous

  44. Tom Handforth

    Keep on rockin' in the free world.
  45. Jane Ludemann

    You are an incredible, beautiful soul Alisha
  46. Alyssa beaufoy

    For Alisha and all the inspirational work she is doing raising awareness and much needed funds. You are incredible!
  47. Frank Handforth

    Best wishes from ccccccold Canada. The treatments can be difficult, but people get through them. My very best thoughts and wishes go out to you. Lauren's Uncle (the overweight one)
  48. Anonymous

  49. Caitlin Rushby

  50. Helen Fraser

    Keep fighting and making research possible.
  51. Alice Vincent

  52. Aimee Walters

  53. Anonymous

    We all deserve a better future!