Every day, 5 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer – fortunately, every one of us can help.
THIS NOVEMBER, NO WOMAN WALKS ALONE
Sign up to the Workout 4 Women challenge and commit to moving every day. Walk, run, or move any way you can over 4km to show your support for the five women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each day in Australia. Get your family and friends to sponsor your daily activity and raise money to help fund the critical work Ovarian Cancer Australia does.
HOW IT WORKS
Workout 4 Women is a free fitness challenge you can take part in from anywhere or anytime - outside, at the gym, before work, on your lunch break with a friend, while walking the dog. Do it all in one go or break it up across your day. Sign up as an individual or register as part of a team and take on the challenge together.
With a 5-year survival rate of only 48% survival rate, ovarian cancer is Australia's deadliest female cancer. Every dollar you raise and kilometer you move will be for a woman who has received the life-changing news of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer that day. The money you raise will help Ovarian Cancer Australia provide personalised support, and create better outcomes for people affected by ovarian cancer.
Think this is a challenge for women only? No way! We encourage men to join in and fundraise for the women in your lives. Anyone can take part.
WORKOUT 4 WOMEN LIKE GERI
“When I first heard my diagnosis, I was completely shocked. My thoughts then immediately turned to my family, especially my children. How was I supposed to break the news to them? What would they do if I wasn’t here anymore?"
43 year old Geri’s routine of working and caring for her kids was soon replaced by multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and illness.
Initially, Geri underwent an exploratory operation, however the surgeons were unable to locate a tumour. This was followed by three rounds of chemotherapy and a full hysterectomy – a major surgery involving the removal of the uterus, cervix and ovaries – where later, a biopsy found the tumour hidden inside one of Geri’s ovaries.
“I’d gone from this lively, social, hard-working mother-of-two to someone who just didn’t have the energy to contribute. My husband had to take on the role of a single dad. He was working and looking after the kids full-time as well as cleaning, cooking, and caring for me,” said Geri.
During her treatment Geri reached out to Ovarian Cancer Australia for support, who put her in touch with our team of specialist ovarian cancer nurses. “My nurse, Jacinta, is amazing. I was so sick and overwhelmed by my diagnosis and treatment, I don’t know what I would have done without her. She was able to offer me practical advice, answer any questions I had and explain in layman’s terms exactly what was going on with me. She also talked to me about my fears and emotions and gave me a sense of peace about my situation,” Geri said.
Read more of Geri's story
OVARIAN CANCER - THE FACTS
1 Australian woman dies from ovarian cancer every 8 hours.
There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer.
of women diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer will have a recurrence within 3 years.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE - WORKOUT 4 WOMEN TODAY
This November, walk or run 4km every day and raise funds to support Australian women living with ovarian cancer.
Create a team
Taking part as a team member is a great way to stay motivated. Get your family, friends or colleagues to join your team.
We have tips and social media images to assist you in raising funds and awareness.
Track your activity
Find out how to track your daily activity with Strava.
Ovarian Cancer Australia provide free and holistic expert support for those affected by ovarian cancer, this includes women and their partners. All our programs are designed and continually developed based on unmet needs of women facing this disease, as discovered through surveying of these women. Read about the range of different evidence-based support services we provide.
Ovarian Cancer Australia advocates for increased sector wide funding which is critically needed to change the future of Australia's deadliest female cancer.
All funds raised from Workout 4 Women will go to Ovarian Cancer Australia to assist in the delivery of evidence-based and personalised support and information free of charge to Australians impacted by ovarian cancer as well as to allow us to continue and expand our advocacy work.