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With July just around the corner, it means Dry July is almost here and time to pop the cork back in the wine bottle – for at least a few weeks. Dry July is a time to raise funds to support people with cancer, while also improving your own overall health and wellbeing. For those women looking to nominate themselves for the challenge this year, and adopt an alcohol-free lifestyle for 31 days, now is the time to register. 

If a whole month feels a little too long, Dry July Foundation also has the option to go dry-ish. You can choose to commit to the original Dry July challenge, or you can sign up for a 14-day, 21-day or a self-nominated sober period. Having a break from alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers. So, you're not only helping others, you're helping yourself. It's a win-win!

No matter how long you choose, the money raised will go towards supporting people affected by cancer. You can help make a difference and go dry this July and support Ovarian Cancer Australia by nominating them as your chosen fundraiser. Ovarian Cancer Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that supports women with ovarian cancer.

By nominating Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) as your selected fundraising recipient, funds you raise will help support their Younger Women’s Network for 2020. This program provides younger women with access to support that is both cancer-specific and age-appropriate that is otherwise very difficult to access. 

According to OCA, women within their network impacted by ovarian cancer report that they often find ovarian cancer to be a very isolating disease, especially for younger women. 

Amy Stewart was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 33, and sadly, very recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer. In her memory, her friend Heath Rowley is committing to Dry July across two months to honour Amy, and help raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

“[Amy] had been actively raising money for Ovarian Cancer Australia since she was diagnosed years ago. She emailed me a link to participate [recently] and I jumped on it straight away. I’d been drinking too much during ‘iso’ anyway, and thought it might be a good way to raise some money, support Amy and get a little healthier during a tough time,” Heath said. 

“I asked five friends to donate to my Dry July before Monday 1st of June, and explained that if they did, I’d start a month early and go for two months. I was overwhelmed by the support of my friends and family and I achieved my $1000 goal before June 1. 

“Sadly, on that day, I learned the devastating news that Amy had passed away over the weekend. I believe asking her friends to participate in Dry July was her dying wish, and I’ll carry on in her honour. She was so brave and confident and was the life of the party. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones, I’m so sorry for their loss. 

“My friends and I, (Amy’s friends) will continue to raise money on behalf of Ovarian Cancer Australia for Amy and every woman living with ovarian cancer. I hope it helps to improve their quality of life, and wouldn’t it be great if one day there is a cure?”

Amy is remembered fondly by the Ovarian Cancer Australia community for her warm and wise words for other young women experiencing ovarian cancer and is dearly missed by her beloved family and friends.

To register, visit www.dryjuly.com now, register your details, and nominate Ovarian Cancer Australia as your fundraiser for money raised during Dry July. To find out more about Ovarian Cancer Australia and the Younger Women’s Network, search for ‘Ovarian Cancer Australia’ on the Dry July home page.