Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Frocking Has Begun!
I seem to say it every year but this year has just whizzed by faster than I could imagine. All of a sudden it is October and that means only one thing - frocks! Yes once again I'm spending a month dresses (aka frocks) as part of Frocktober to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
As many of you will be aware, just over 2 years ago my Mum's best friend "Aunty" Sue died of ovarian cancer after a short but terrible battle with it. Before she was diagnosed I often took part in charity fundraisers and volunteered for worthy causes. I really enjoyed being able to contribute in a positive way to the community. But there is nothing like losing a member of the family (Sue wasn't a relative but she was family) to commit you to a cause.
Since Sue's diagnosis I've found out a lot more about this cancer that I previously knew nothing about. If ovarian cancer is found early the survival rates are really good. However there currently is no early detection test and most cancers are found only after they have already spread to other organs. As a result one woman in Australia dies of ovarian cancer every 10 hours.
The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is working on finding an early detection test. With it, we will be able to bring the terrible death rate down but they need funding, hence my month in frocks.
In previous years I've posted my frocks here, but this year I will be putting them daily on Twitter (follow me @LisaRobey) with a weekly wrap up here. If you would like to get involved, it isn't too late to start, just head over to www.frocktober.org to find out more or you can sponsor me at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/frock_lisa.