The day before Mother’s Day, Lisa Winbank was in the cafe aisle of a supermarket when she was told she had metastatic masses on both ovaries.
- Graham Winbank raises funds for research into ovarian cancer, a disease that claimed the life of his wife Lisa
- His goal is to raise $ 30,000 in 30 days
- Supporters are invited to purchase one of the 30 dresses he will wear during Frocktober
Nineteen months later, her husband Graham Winbank dons dresses to raise funds so that her daughters’ lives are not destroyed by ovarian cancer either.
At over 6 feet tall, Mr. Winbank found buying dresses a bit difficult, but his goal was to raise $ 30,000 in 30 days.
“I have a long torso and long legs. Yesterday I had to wear tights because otherwise when I bent over everyone could see my butt,” he said.
It’s part of Frocktober, an initiative that encourages attendees to channel their creative flair by wearing bright dresses to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
With a different dress donned each day, the outfits are then uploaded to Instagram and sold to the highest bidder to help them reach their goal of $ 30,000.
“If you buy it, there is one thing I ask: a picture of you [in it]. “
The Townsville local said while some people might look at a beefy guy in a sundress, he said taking the initiative helped him find closure.
A silent killer
Mr. Winbank has also given more than 400 lectures across Queensland to raise awareness of the symptoms of deadly cancer.
His wife had irritable bowel syndrome and herniated discs in her back, and was unaware of what was going on inside her body.
“Unfortunately, there are no early detection tests. That’s why I’m trying to raise $ 30,000 in 30 days.”
Mr Winbank said when Lisa was diagnosed in 2019 she had a life expectancy of five years.
“It kept going down every time we had treatment and she died 15 months after her first treatment,” he said.
“I have two daughters and four granddaughters so I really want to stop this disease in its tracks.”
This is not Mr. Winbank’s first attempt at fundraising.
“Right before her death, we launched Lisa’s Cause through the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund,” he said.
“She said” I would love to win $ 10,000, but no one will ever give so much to me. “
Sue Hegarty of Ovarian Cancer Australia said it was important to support caregivers and family members of people with the disease.
In response, the organization launched the Male Partners program in April of this year.
Ms Hegarty said previous research indicated that about 50% of men report being depressed and worried about their partner’s cancer recurrence.
“The five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 47.1%, which means 52.9% will not survive their cancer diagnosis,” she said.
With no drug testing available, Ms Hegarty said fundraising efforts, such as Mr Winbank’s, have brought prevention and treatment closer together.