Celebrating inspirational women!

06 March 2020

It's International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating the women who inspire us. These ladies are just some of so many who have gone above and beyond to create a better future for thousands of women affected by ovarian cancer, be it performing groundbreaking surgery, helping to develop better treatments, or using their own lived experience to raise awareness of the disease.

  • Professor Christina Fotopoulou

    Professor Christina Fotopoulou is a consultant gynaecological oncologist and renowned surgeon. She says, "it is very important to invest in research and innovation when you’re dealing with such a challenging disease. I want to make sure my techniques are at the forefront of ovarian cancer treatment, and that I contribute to the better understanding of how ovarian cancer evolves and develops."

    You can watch Christina talking about her experiences here.

    Christina Fotopoulou
  • Rosa Hesmondhalgh (aka Madame Ovary)

    OCA ambassador Rosa had recently finished drama school when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, aged 23. Her incredible one-woman show follows her journey, from her first symptoms to her diagnosis, her first hospital admission, treatment, losing a friend to cancer and finally getting the all-clear. This hopeful production celebrates the support and love that helped Rosa to support and love herself during treatment.

    Book final tickets for Rosa's show here.

    Rosa and Ahmed cropped
  • Gift Hamisi

    After losing both her mother and grandmother to ovarian cancer Gift has set up her own blog to raise awareness of BRCA and encourage other women to understand their family history and the prevention options available to them. We're so inspired by Gift's empowering mission to motivate young women to speak up and break the taboo surrounding gynaecological health.

    Read Gift's story 

    Gift Hamisi
  • Dr Mara Artibani

    Ovarian Cancer Action researcher Mara watched her mum and grandma battle cancer when she was very young so, when she had to choose what to specialise in, cancer research seemed the perfect way to combine her love for science and her commitment to improving the life of women with cancer.

    Learn more about her research at the University of Oxford

    Mara
  • Kim Gray

    Kim was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016 and has become a tireless champion of the cause in her determination to help other women — volunteering in the OCA office, organising bucket collections and even interviewing a scientist for our OCAM campaign. We couldn't do what we do without supporters like Kim, who dedicate so much time and energy to fundraising and raising awareness of ovarian cancer.

    Read Kim's story

    Kim volunteering

Inspirational ladies - we’re calling on you to join #TeamOCA. Whether you can fundraise, volunteer, raise awareness or donate, join us to take action and fight for a world without ovarian cancer.