Honour Her online art auction raises money for gynaecological cancer research
A powerful art auction is helping to fund life-saving gynaecological cancer research.
Every day, 18 Australian women are told they have a gynaecological cancer — and five others will die from it.
The deadly disease is the third most common cancer in women. But the new Honour Her online auction will help fight it.
The online auction — which will run for another nine days — features exclusive works by more than 30 well-known artists.
Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the sale of these artworks will fund pioneering gynaecological cancer research through the not-for-profit charity WomenCan.
Tessa Mackay — a 2019 Archibald Finalist and Packing Room Prize Winner — is one of the artists with work in the auction.
“Cancer affects everyone, no matter what culture you come from or what generation,” she said.
“Critical research into gynaecological cancer is as important to today as it ever was.”
While 91 per cent of women survive breast cancer five years after diagnosis, this number falls to 46 per cent for women with ovarian cancer
“(Gynaecological cancer) survival rates are much lower than other cancers – but we know that with innovative research, life-saving discoveries become possible,” Karen Livingstone WomenCan’s head of fundraising and development, said.
Ms Livingstone lost her mother and aunt to ovarian cancer and has had preventive surgery herself.
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