September is New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cause of female cancer death in New Zealand.
Help us change the statistics. In 1970 the survival rates of ovarian and prostate cancer were almost the same. Now prostate survival rates are more than twice as good as ovarian cancer. We can catch up. But we need your help.
That is why this September we are asking you to Step Up for Ovarian Cancer.
Everyone can get involved. All you need to do is is be active, fundraise and raise awareness.
"Life was really good, and then overnight it changed irreparably. The last 4 years I've had 2 major surgeries and been on constant treatment. When I was diagnosed my oncologist said my prognosis was likely 5 to 15 years. It's difficult living when my future is so uncertain but I try to stay active and enjoy time in nature."
"Research is hope. Hope for better treatment options, more time and ultimately a cure. Please join me in fundraising for hope this September."
Where your funds go:
Cure Our Ovarian Cancer is the New Zealand ovarian cancer charity. We fight beside women, to save lives.
We are on a mission to raise $87 000 - that's $300 for every person diagnosed this year - to support education, advocacy and research - so we can give people with ovarian cancer more time to do the things they love in life.
All you need to do is be active, fundraise and raise awareness! Whether you climb a mountain or walk 5km - you're a hero in our eyes.
You can join one of the many public events happening around the country this September.
- Sunday 5th - North Shore Marathon (1km-42km)
- Saturday 11th - Kinloch Off Road Challenge (Taupo) (2km-42km)
- Saturday 11th - Race Tekapo (3km-32km)
- Sunday 12th - Emmerson's Dunedin Marathon (5km-42km)
- Sunday 12th - Sri Chinmoy Cherry Marathon (Christchurch) (2km-42km)
- Sunday 12th - Trail Trilogy Fun Runs & Ultra (Waikato) (9km-100km)
- Sunday 19th - Shoe Science Tauranga Marathon (2km-50km)
- Sunday 25th - Blue Lake 24 Hour Challenge (Rotorua)
- Sunday 26th - 4 Paws Marathon (Christchurch) (5km-42km)
- Saturday 2nd October - Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon (5km-42km)
Or do your own thing:
- 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 create positive change for people with ovarian cancer.