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14 March, 2021

A treat in support of Ovarian Cancer research

AFTER Karen Braes was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer five years ago, the Mareeba Lion’s Club has made it a mission to raise as much money as possible to go towards life changing research towards the disease.


Mareeba Lions Rosemary Blundell, Karen Braes, Ashlyn Arnett and Michelle Rafter at the cake stall helping to raise funds for Ovarian cancer research

AFTER Karen Braes was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer five years ago, the Mareeba Lion’s Club has made it a mission to raise as much money as possible to go towards life changing research towards the disease. 

The Mareeba Lioness Club used to run the project every year since Mrs Braes was diagnosed but since the club has closed down, the Lions have taken on the responsibility. 

An illness that strikes without warning with no diagnostic tests, ovarian cancer has been dubbed the silent killer amongst women. 

Her husband, Tom Braes OAM of the Lions Club who has been raising awareness for the cancer said donations are extremely important. 

“Donation’s that were received will help develop better ways to care for people with this cancer, in particularly develop a diagnostics test,” he said 

“My wife has received Avastin® (bevacizumab) which has only been available within the last ten years thanks to donations going towards medical research. 

“As the ovarian cancer teal ribbons and other merchandise did not arrive in time for the Teal Cake Stall, I will make them available for sale at later Lions events.” 

Overall, the cake stall made $1100 that will be donated to the Australian Lion’s Medical Research Foundation for Ovarian Cancer.   

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