Ovarian cancer survivors Linda and Ellie raise £43,000 for vital research
18 March 2022
The pair, who have both battled and overcome ovarian cancer, were inspired to take on the race at the famous motor circuit and raise money for our Ovarian Care Fund after Linda received surgical treatment from specialist consultant Professor Christina Fotopoulou in 2020.
Linda said: “This run was for Christina, to say thank you to her for saving my life, for her kindness and warmth and for treating me as a human being and not as a cancer patient.”
Ellie, who was told her cancer had returned in 2021, is currently taking a targeted therapy drug which can help slow the growth of cancer. Just a few years ago, this drug wasn’t available.
Ellie said: “I feel that striving towards having more research in the field of ovarian cancer is fundamental in the progression towards treating and attacking this silent killer.
“Four years ago, when I had the first ovarian cancer diagnosis, there was no maintenance treatment after the chemotherapy. Now there is. This wouldn’t have happened without ongoing research.”
The money they’ve raised will go towards funding new research to help fight ovarian cancer.
“This research is so important and will help so many women who suffer from this dreadful disease.”
Linda said: “I was made aware of the charity when I sponsored PhD student Dr Natasha Rinnie’s London Marathon run. That spurred me on to think, 'my bestie Ellie and I can do that'. It was quite daunting, but we are both very determined people.
“The money raised is fabulous, but it’s so needed for this key research. It may not help me or Ellie, but it will help others who are sadly inflicted with his awful disease.”
Ellie said: “This research is so important and will help so many women who suffer from this dreadful disease.”
Through our Ovarian Care Fund, we're raising funds to support vital research into ovarian cancer. You can find out more about the campaign here.