THE Border Ovarian Cancer Awareness Group has raised $38,000 since its inception a year ago.
Group president Heather Watts presented $5000 this week to the Border Medical Oncology Research Unit, based at the Murray Valley Private Hospital.
The money will help pay for an oncology nurse.
The group will also send $5000 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in Melbourne and $10,000 to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney for trials into a blood test for ovarian cancer.
“The trials hope to take the survival rate for ovarian cancer from 20 per cent to 90 per cent, which would be fantastic,” Ms Watts said.
The other $18,000 will be held in trust for the new cancer centre at the Albury hospital.
The group has held a memory walk, raffles, an art show, a bus trip to the wineries and a luncheon with Kerri-Anne Kennerley to raise cash.
“The community has been amazing,” Ms Watts said.
“Our committee now has 20 members and we have 300 supporting members.”
Those interested in becoming a member can contact Ms Watts on 0401 008 310.