Hi. I’m Yvonne Moon. This is my story and I want to thank the Star Newspaper for this interview.
When my friend Anna died 12 years ago from Ovarian cancer I decided to see what I could do to combat this terrible disease.
“We grew up together and had been friends for 38 years,” Yvonne said.
“I knew Anna was sick, but no one knew it was ovarian cancer because there are no clear symptoms,” she said.
“When she was diagnosed, it was too late.
“I made a promise to Anna that I would do my best to raise awareness of this insidious disease.
“I think she would be proud, too, of this award.”
Ms Moon, a former president of the Rotary Club of Williamstown, devoted herself to fundraising that would make a difference to ovarian cancer research.
“When Anna died, I knew nothing about ovarian cancer,” she said.
“Like most women, I thought a Pap smear would pick it up, but that’s not always the case.
“We just don’t have a reliable screening test for it.
With the support of the Rotary Club of Williamstown I formed the RoCan Trust which raises awareness and raises money for research to help find an early detection test. All donations support important research which, when completed, will save the lives of many women.
“Now, the money raised from RoCan is funding a PhD student at the Royal Women’s Hospital, who is conducting research into finding such a test.”
The work is taking place at the hospital’s gynaecological cancer research centre.