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An aged care community in Waratah has raised $6,000 for ovarian cancer research.

Each year, more than 1,600 Australian women are diagnosed with the disease.

Acknowledging the need for more research, Maroba Caring Communities started a fundraising campaign.

Out of uniform days and barbecues took place and raffle tickets were sold by staff and residents, which raised close to $3,000.

This figure was then matched by Maroba Caring Communities.

“Unfortunately, we recently had a staff member diagnosed with ovarian cancer and it really brought to our attention the need for more awareness and research into the disease,” chief executive Viv Allanson said.

“Our community is a generous one and everyone donated what they could to try and make a difference to saving women’s lives.”

The money will be gifted to the Hunter Medical Research Institute, where it will go towards the lifesaving work of associate professor Dr Nikola Bowden.

Dr Bowden said it would dramatically impact her research.

“The funds will cover the cost of testing a new combination of chemotherapy drugs on ovarian cancer cells in the lab,” she said.
“Our entire ovarian cancer program is funded by donations from the community. Without this support we can’t do the research, it’s that simple.”

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