Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page. I am raising money for Ovacome, which provides support and information to those affected by ovarian cancer. Just by you reading my page I hope that I have made you more aware of this disease – about 7,400 people are diagnosed each year in the UK.

After applying for a place year after year, I was going to be running my first marathon in April 2020. However, due to the pandemic this has been postponed and I will now be running this October 2021 (third time lucky!!). I have continued to train for the marathon throughout the pandemic. And I can't wait to finally run the London marathon for Ovacome, to raise vital funds for this fantastic charity. It is a charity very close to my heart, and I hope that you are able to contribute towards Ovacome's incredible work. Sadly, my brothers and I lost our wonderful Nanna, June, to Ovarian cancer, after she was diagnosed at stage 4 aged 72. Commonly this cancer goes unnoticed and that is why it is so important to raise awareness for this rarer type of cancer.

After multiple visits to the GP and hospital my Nanna was misdiagnosed. When she received the correct diagnosis it was too late.

Aged 11, I lost my Nanna too young. Having brought up my mother as a single, working mum and working her way up in nursing and midwifery, Nanna really deserved to fulfil her retirement years and see her grandchildren grow up.

Ovacome is a small charity. Every donation helps it continue and expand its services, providing vital support to those affected by this lesser-known form of cancer. Any amount that you feel able to spare, however small, would be greatly appreciated and would make a big difference.

For more information about Ovacome and ovarian cancer, please see below and explore the Ovacome website.

Please share this page with your friends and family on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, so that I can reach my target. Together, we can help Ovacome to do more for those living with and affected by ovarian cancer. Thank you so much!

In loving memory of my beautiful Nanna, June Strickland, who is forever in our hearts.

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Some important facts about Ovarian cancer:

- Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer found in UK women.
- A woman in the UK has a one in 50 chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime.
- One in five women (22 per cent) mistakenly think a smear test would detect ovarian cancer.
- Nearly half of GPs (44 per cent) mistakenly believe symptoms only present in the later stages of ovarian cancer.
- 7 in 10 people in the UK have never heard of the BRCA gene mutations and aren’t aware that a family history of cancer could put them at risk of Ovarian cancer.
- Ovarian cancer affects people of any age.
- Factors that affect people’s risk of getting ovarian cancer include age, lifestyle, menstrual history, and genetics

The main symptoms of Ovarian cancer:
Persistent stomach pain
Persistent bloating
Difficulty eating/feeling full more quickly
Needing to wee more frequently

These are common side affects of many illnesses so it is very hard to diagnose Ovarian cancer. Unlike cervical, bowel and breast cancers, there is still no reliable, effective screening method for ovarian cancer.

Ovacome provides a range of support services for anyone who has been affected by ovarian cancer. They offer a free telephone support line, a 24 hour online forum, email support, instant chat services and face to face support groups. They also work to raise awareness of the disease and to provide information from some of the top clinicians in the field of ovarian cancer.

Ovacome also fund a research fellow at Birmingham University, who is working to develop new therapies and understand and improve outcomes for women with advanced ovarian cancer.

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Thank you so much for your support! Holly Duckworth