Ovarian Cancer Action supporter, Gill Campbell, shares her plans to Walk In Her Name in memory of her twin sister Wendy.
"I had an identical twin sister, Wendy, and we did practically everything together, including work. One day Wendy started to worry about her appearance. She was suddenly putting on weight but felt she could not go to the doctor to say she was ‘fat’.
Then she began to get heartburn and started to feel uncomfortable. She eventually made an appointment at the doctor’s where she was told to go immediately to the hospital for a scan.
In April 2015 she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Although she put up a brave fight she sadly lost her battle on October 30th 2015. I witnessed much of her treatment and vowed I would do all I can to make sure no one else has to suffer as she did.
Just a month after Wendy had passed away I was very lucky to meet Shelley Sellings, quite by chance, and she introduced me to Ovarian Cancer Action. Shelley had also lost a sister, Sonia, to this terrible disease.
Through Shelley I discovered you can raise money for research and awareness in a number of ways, including holding a Walk In Her Name.
As March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, along with Shelley, I have arranged to hold a sponsored walk at Bewl Water, a local beauty spot on Saturday 18th March.
We have asked many of Wendy’s and Sonia’s family, friends and colleagues to join us and hope to raise around £500.
The walk is around 12.5 miles and there are cut off points for people that don’t feel they can walk the whole route. We are hoping people of all ages will come along (dogs too) and we can all remember the happy times we spent with Wendy and Sonia.
Hopefully many of the walkers will wear the Ovarian Cancer Action teal-coloured tee shirts which will raise awareness amongst visitors to the site that day. Depending on the weather we may also hold a barbecue at the end.
Shelley helped me to set up a Tribute Fund in Wendy’s memory so any fundraising I do is in her name. To date we have held a quiz/fish supper night, a Frisbee event and have other ideas in the pipeline.
Ovarian Cancer Action is a fantastic charity. They have offered me all sorts of help since becoming involved with them including pointing me in the right direction for genetic testing.
They are always there to help and with their dedication we should soon see huge improvements in diagnosing and treatment and hopefully see a decline in the number of women dying every year due to ovarian cancer."Would you like to hold your own Walk In Her Name in honour of a loved one affected by ovarian cancer? Find out more and register today for your free fundraising pack.