Alstonville’s Melissa Ensbey.
Alstonville’s Melissa Ensbey.

Bowling over ovarian cancer

Melissa Ensbey is only 26 but already she has spent the last four years of her life battling an aggressive form of ovarian cancer.

The Alstonville resident has had 13 operations to remove tumours and make sure her organs are working properly, and has spent countless hours in hospital, but her cancer continues to threaten her life.

Melissa now needs to raise $15,000 a month so she can access specialised drugs and clinical trials in America that are not yet available in Australia.

“I don’t want to do it, I don’t want to get on a plane and get treatment that far from home, but this is my last resort,” Melissa said. “Physically, mentally, emotionally and socially I have changed as a person as a result of my cancer. Every surgery or every treatment takes another small piece of Mel away. Every time I think things are going well I get a kick in the guts and have to go back for more treatment.

“I want to prove the statistics wrong, I want to survive this, and get out there and advocate for other women with ovarian cancer who also need the drugs and clinical trials that aren’t available in Australia. I want to give them a chance to beat it too.”

Melissa is holding a fundraising Barefoot Bowls Day this Sunday, April 18, at the Alstonville Bowling Club from 10am to 5pm. People can play a game of bowls, enjoy a sausage sizzle, buy a ticket in the monster raffle, have a boogie to live band Fossil Rock and take part in a whole lot of other fundraising games – thong throwing, closest to the jack, Frisbee toss and many others. There’s also face painting and lucky dips for the kids, and the theme for the day is ‘teal’, which is the international colour for ovarian cancer.

Everyone is welcome. For info, phone Katie Martin on 0402 212 521.


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