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Dear friends, family and supporters
This is my 75th birthday photo - fabulous birthday cake and all! It was taken in March, 2021 - 26 months after my ovarian cancer diagnosis.
How fortunate I am to be alive today and able to write you for your support. So very many women so much younger than me are not.
3100 women in Canada are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. 1900 of us will die from this disease. Most of us are not diagnosed in time. There is no accurate test to detect it. This cancer affects women of all ages. 7 out of 10 of us will die from our disease within 5 years. These are horrific odds.
From what I understand many of the very latest targeted and immuno therapies have worked very well for other types cancers but not at all well for ovarian cancer. At least not yet.
My hope for the future comes from Ovarian Cancer Canada. OCC is the only national charity entirely dedicated to fighting ovarian cancer. This is a fierce, focussed, dedicated group of women - many ovarian cancer survivors and their families - committed to raising money for support programming, advocacy and research. They have done a brilliant job of building relationships and allies with many established research and university funded labs and have successfully lobbied provincial and federal governments for substantial amounts of funding. There is also an amazing group of talented, fierce, dedicated and compassionate gynaecology oncologists, clinicians and researchers working so hard every day to crack the code for ovarian cancer breakthroughs. There have been some important discoveries and treatments for a few women but we need others for many more women.
There is more hope.
There is very promising and exciting ovarian cancer research happening right here today in Canada and at Dalhousie University here in Nova Scotia. Some of this is being supported by the funding efforts of Ovarian Cancer Canada.
With all our collective effort I believe we can make a difference! We can save more women’s lives. There will be important breakthroughs.
Ruth and I belong to a monthly beagle walking group. We are going to be out walking on Sunday, September 12th in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Walk of Hope. We hope to have all the beagles - often 15 or more - wearing teal coloured bow ties, the official colour for ovarian cancer.
Would you support me and all the other women fighting this terrible disease by making a donation to this important cause?
Thank you so much!
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