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Ovarian Cancer Australia was founded by people directly affected by ovarian cancer who wanted to raise awareness of the disease and support those who had been affected.

This group included Nicole Livingstone OAM and her sister Karen who lost their mother and aunt to the disease; Simon Lee whose wife Sheila, had been the first Australian ovarian cancer campaigner prior to her death in 2001; actress and comedian Lynda Gibson who was diagnosed in 2000 and subsequently lost her battle in 2004 and journalist Tracey Curro, whose mother died from ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Australia now has supporters across Australia.

Ovarian Cancer Australia was incorporated in July 2001. It was known as OvCa Australia, the National Ovarian Cancer Network, until changing its name to Ovarian Cancer Australia in 2008.
Visit Ovarian Cancer Australia’s Website

The McGrath Foundation

The McGrath Foundation was co-founded by Jane and Glenn McGrath after Jane’s initial recovery from breast cancer. While being treated for a secondary cancer in 2003, Jane had access to a breast care nurse and became aware of the tremendous impact these nurses can have on a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing both during and after treatment. Jane’s breast care nurse allowed her to be Jane McGrath – the friend, the mother and the wife. She also gave Jane answers to the many questions she had. Jane felt strongly that every woman diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia, as well as their families, should have access to a specialist breast care nurse, so one of the McGrath Foundation’s two main objectives is to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. There are currently 55 McGrath Breast Care Nurses in locations as far reaching as Hervey Bay (QLD) and Geraldton (WA). The McGrath Foundation’s second objective is to educate young women to be breast aware. Jane was only 31 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and she felt passionately about empowering young women to take control of their health by conducting regular breast checks – early detection saves lives.

Visit the McGrath Foundation’s Website


CanTeen is a national Australian organisation dedicated to supporting, developing and empowering young people aged 12-24 living with cancer.

The organisation runs a wide range of camps and programs to bring young cancer patients, young siblings and offspring of cancer patients and bereaved siblings and offspring of cancer patients together to share their experiences, make great friends who understand the challenges they’re facing and most importantly, to have fun!

At the heart of CanTeen’s operations is a belief that through meeting and talking with peers who have first-hand experience of living with cancer, young people are better able to cope with the uncertainties and daily challenges the illness presents.

CanTeen provides its members with an escape from the pressures of living with cancer in the hospital or at home, where they can just be young and enjoy themselves in a safe, supportive environment.

Visit CanTeen’s website


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