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Catherine Kingston was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in 2013. Throughout the next four years she endured surgeries and many cycles of chemotherapy but had some good periods of feeling well in between. During this time she continued to shower her family with every ounce of love in her heart and helped them to come to terms with her terminal diagnosis. She helped countless people on her journey.

She was a counsel to others beginning chemo and her own chemotherapy sessions would be spent comforting those around her and giving them encouragement and, of course, a laugh. Her ambition was to spread awareness of the often vague symptoms of ovarian cancer and empower women to get to know their bodies better, therefore potentially catching this disease at an earlier and more treatable stage.

Ovacare were a great source of support and a great source of knowledge for Catherine at this time. Their coffee mornings bring people fighting ovarian cancer, and their families, together to talk about their journey and their information days on research, diet, complimentary therapies etc. give invaluable glimmers of hope for the future.

Catherine was at Nollaig na mBan for Ovacare in DeBarra’s last year and was so proud of everyone for coming and participating in what was a hugely successful night.

This year there are loads of Clarins goodies to give away, amazing prizes to raffle and great bands to dance away the night to. The theme is WOMAN! So everyone, including men, must dress as such. You can come as your favourite actor, scientist, musician, author, politician, as your friend, mum, aunt..etc. All band members will be dressed up and all of the songs will be covers of songs written/sung by female artists. Enjoy a complimentary drink and gift on arrival and spend the night with the women in your life that you love.

This year the Kingston family – Martin, Orla, Paula & Deirdre – are organising this in memory of Catherine, their warrior wife and  Mum, and all of the other incredible women who have fought, and continue to fight, ovarian cancer.

Join them on the night as, together, we are stronger.

Tickets are 15euro, all money goes directly to Ovacare to help fund their coffee mornings and patient information days. Tickets available from December 1st in DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty.

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