Maria Hopes

As one of the many people in Australia personally touched by this insidious disease, I am grateful for the opportunity to help raise greater awareness, and in particular, help women understand the signs and symptoms. I believe that many lives could be saved through greater awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.  My mother, like many women, experienced some of the symptoms but disregarded these as being a normal part of the ageing process. When she was diagnosed in 2003 she had Stage 3 ovarian cancer. During her treatment, my mother participated in clinical trials and later donated her body for scientific research. I am honoured to be continuing her work by helping Ovarian Cancer Australia in their incredible efforts around awareness, support, advocacy and research. I encourage all Queenslanders to dig deep and provide their support for better outcomes for women and their families living with the disease.