Local women fighting evil in their frocks

A GROUP of women have been frocking up for October to fight the little-known cancer that claimed Lismore woman Carole Tate's life last month.

Ms Tate, 58, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 2014 but lost her battle with it on September 2.

Her daughter Fiona Tate is now campaigning to raise awareness and money for ovarian cancer research.

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS: Frocktober co-organisers Ebony Layton and Fiona Tate have spent October challenging friends and family to wear a dress each day to raise of funds for cancer research.
DRESSED FOR SUCCESS: Frocktober co-organisers Ebony Layton and Fiona Tate have spent October challenging friends and family to wear a dress each day to raise of funds for cancer research. Marc Stapelberg

"There's a miconception that you can get tested for it, but that's not true at all."

Ms Tate's friend Ebony Layton of Alstonville set up a Frocktober fundraiser, challenging friends and family to get on board and wear a dress every day for the month of October.

"I saw on Facebook that a few of our girls we went to high school with had done Frocktober previously, so we decided to get involved," she said.

"I thought it would be good for us all to put our sorrow and our grief into something good."

The group, called Team Carole, has been hosting fundraising events, including one tomorrow at the Mecca Cafe in Lismore.

"You are all invited to join with the staff and wear a frock for this worthy cause," Ms Layton said.

There will be a tribute wall at the event for women lost to cancer.

"Write a note or bring in a photo to honour your loved one," Ms Layton said.

There will be live music from 10am to 11.30am and a best-dressed competition.

Team Carole has raised more than $2000 throughout October but donations can still be made into November.

"It has been amazing how many people have donated and they've just been really generous," Ms Tate said.

"It just shows how much my mum was loved, and that people want to hear more about ovarian cancer."

"She left a pretty big mark on people ... she fought right up until the end," Ms Layton said.

"And the care that Carole got ... the nurses were just amazing at Lismore Base Hospital."



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