A MUM dying of ovarian cancer is dedicating her final days to help spare others from the same fate.
Andrea Ives, 44, formerly of Grantham but now living in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, has been raising money for the little-known charity Ovarian Cancer Action along with her husband Malcolm since being diagnosed in 2008.
Despite discovering her cancer is at an advanced stage and cannot be cured she has vowed to continue raising money right to the very end.
Andrea said: “It has only made me more determined to raise more money. They need the money to do the trials and research to help people before it gets to an advanced stage like it has with me. At an advanced stage, nothing can be done. If it is diagnosed early the treatment is fairly simple but there are very few symptoms and that is why it is called ‘the silent killer’.”
Andrea’s husband Malcolm has completed ten half marathons in the past two years to raise money for the charity and plans to run the London Marathon this year.
The couple have organised a fund-raising darts night in March featuring darts legend Eric Bristow. The aim is to sell more than 200 tickets at £10 each.
A fund-raising calendar is also planned with a photoshoot next month at the Dirty Duck featuring racey, cheeky shots of 25 local women. The couple hope to raise at least £2,500 for the charity.
While the money cannot help Andrea, she takes comfort from knowing it will help future generations of women.
Andrea, mother to a 15-year-old daughter, Angel, is still receiving chemotherapy treatment to help prolong her life.
She said: “At the moment I’m having chemo - ten days on, ten days off - to try to get me to live as long as we can. We will keep doing it until the day it’s not effective any more.
“Fingers crossed, the plan is to keep going until the end of May.”
l Tickets are on sale for the Eric Bristow charity darts night at the Dirty Duck. The event will be held on Saturday, March 12. To book tickets call Andrea on 07512 331403 or the pub on 01476 870111.