Step Up for Ovarian Cancer this September
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer takes the life of five Canadian women every day. Women with low-grade serous ovarian cancer tend to be younger, and with current treatments their cancer is often incurable.
That is why this September we are asking you to Step Up for Ovarian Cancer. We are challenging you to walk, run, cycle - it's up to you. Be active and raise vital funds for research to find better treatments to help women live longer.
Amy was diagnosed in 2017 with stage 2 low-grade serous ovarian cancer at 32 years old. Amy was so much more than her cancer. She was a trained Kindergarten and behaviour special needs teacher. A daughter and sister. Wife of ten years to her husband Garreth. And most of all mom to her beautiful daughter Evie.
On Monday , June 1 ,2020 Amy passed away. If love was enough, Amy would still be here. Instead her dying wish was for research so other women could live.
“This cancer has taken from me more than I ever could have imagined. But it has also made me more grateful than I ever have been for the simple things. Outcomes for this disastrous disease haven’t improved in over 50 years."
"We need to demand new research and more funding, on par with the resources available to help my sisters with breast cancer. I am grateful for every day I have here and I encourage you to help me change the outcomes for future women with this disease." - Amy
A Canadian is cycling 1000km, a kiwi is climbing a small mountain, an Australian is running their own race for an hour - as far as they can go, a woman from the UK is going for an 8000 step stroll, and an American is dedicating her birthday. It's completely up to you.
But if you're stuck for ideas:
- Choose an activity - walk, run, cycle (or something else!)
- Measure your activity - in time, or steps or distance or destination
- Decide if you're going to do it one day, some days or every day in September
- And remember - it's not what you do, but why that matters the most. You'll be helping fund crucial research to help women live longer.