What is Frocktober?
Held throughout the whole month of October, Frocktober is a fundraising initiative to raise funds and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). The classic Frocktober challenge asks participants to wear a frock every a day during the month. It’s all about increasing public awareness of ovarian cancer and raising money to support the development of an early detection test. Since its inception, Frocktober has raised over $1 million for the OCRF.
Why do I fundraise for this Frockin’ Good Cause?
My Grandmother was the lucky 1 in 5 to survive Ovarian Cancer.
She was diagnosed in 1974, when she was 47 years old, a time when her discomfort was dismissed as “women’s pains”. She went to another Doctor, who sent her to Sydney immediately after determining her diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer.
She turned 88 years old in September 2015.
This would not be her first Cancer diagnosis; she went on to battle Bowel Cancer – three times.
I fundraise as a celebration of her survival and to ensure that an early detection test for Ovarian Cancer will become a reality soon.
The Statistics are heartbreaking
One woman dies every ten hours from ovarian cancer. As there is currently no early
detection test and a lack of symptoms in the early stages of disease, women are usually diagnosed in the late stages of the disease – when the cancer has spread to other organs in the body. If the cancer is diagnosed and treated early, between 80-100% of patients will survive for more than five years. But only approximately 30% of women diagnosed at advanced stages will survive for more than five years.
I’ve always loved dresses, always had too many(!)
I love dresses. I believe in recycling, upcycling and loving your dresses. They are a gorgeous that men really miss out on being able to wear (outside of costume parties!) – so Frocktober is a great celebration of my femininity and my style. Women’s health and sassy frocks is the ideal combination, really!
…..And it is very fun!
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Can’t make the sale?
Donate here: https://frocktober2015.everydayhero.com/au/absolutely-frilling-frocktober
All my beautiful fancy Frocktober photos in this post are courtesy of Michelle Karas Photography.