In a few short (too short!) months, I will be running the London Marathon. I am taking on this challenge to support Ovacome, a wonderful charity that supports those who have ovarian cancer and their loved ones.

Fighting this disease is very close to my heart as in 2019 my mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The diagnosis came as a massive shock to me and my siblings. Our mother is an incredibly strong woman who has raised 4 (slightly difficult) children, yet cancer remains to be something that can appear so quickly and cause such terrifying affects. Life can often feel so permanent when you have not experienced serious loss, and it was times like the diagnosis where our family were reminded how fragile life can be. We were so lucky that they caught the cancer early and she is now in remission, however many are not so lucky, with only 45% of women surviving the cancer for more than 5 years.

A bit about Ovacome:
Ovacome provides a range of support services for those affected by ovarian cancer. This includes the family and friends of those diagnosed, as well as those who might be at higher risk of the disease because of their family history. Ovacome also work closely with doctors and other clinicians to ensure that those diagnosed are given the most up-to-date information to help them navigate their treatment and care.

Ovacome is also a community for anyone affected by ovarian cancer, meaning that the charity provides groups and events where people can meet others in similar circumstances, to share advice and offer each other encouragement along the way.

Every donation to Ovacome goes towards creating new services to support all those affected by this less common cancer.

Any amount you are able to give is so greatly appreciated, every bit helps towards supporting Ovacome and their mission to support the people who need it the most.

Thank you! Charlotte McDougall