Team Mary - Jenny's Fundraising Page
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Today, thousands of Canadian women are living with ovarian cancer and another 2,800 will be diagnosed this year. My mother, Mary Coleman, was diagnosed in April 2016.
For those of you who are new to ovarian cancer, there are two nicknames that sum it up neatly:"the disease that whispers" and "silent killer". Allow me to unpack these for you. It "whispers" as the symptoms are so subtle that they often go unnoticed or are mistaken for more innocent causes, allowing ovarian cancer to continue its insidious growth. As a result, it is most commonly discovered at stage three. My mother is textbook, diagnosed at stage 3b, advanced ovarian cancer.
Here's where the second nickname comes into play, as by stage three you have a complicated to treat disease that has spread within the abdomen. Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of all women's cancers. Only 30% of women with advanced stage ovarian cancer are statistically likely to survive five years. And so, every day, ovarian cancer kills five Canadian women.
There is no screening test to detect ovarian cancer. There is no cure. In the last fifty years there have been no advancements in either detection or treatment. Research into ovarian cancer has been underfunded for too long.
This is why I am walking again in September. I work in an industry where scientific discovery and innovation leads to better patient outcomes every day. I believe that with enough awareness, advocacy and funding that we can save lives.
Every dollar I raise supports Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity entirely dedicated to this important cause. Funds will be used to provide support, increase awareness, and fund vital research so that we can change the future for the women we love.
Please provide your support by making a donation, every little bit helps! Better yet, come out and join us. Together we can make a difference. Thank you.
Sincerely, Jenny Vervena
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