Kristen Larsen is a resilient young woman who has been fighting Ovarian Cancer for most of her adult life.
In 2013 at the age of 21, Kristen was living her dream of a working holiday in London when she with diagnosed with advanced, Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer. Having experienced first-hand, the grim realities of what an Ovarian Cancer diagnosis entails, Kristen is passionate about raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms, and funds for research and clinical trials.
Kristen has volunteered with charities in Australia, UK, Canada & USA. She has shared her story through public speaking, TV and print media and has been the face of numerous campaigns and fundraisers, which have collectively raised over $1million for cancer charities. Kristen is highly active in the Ovarian Cancer community, and often travels to the USA and across Australia for survivorship conferences and symposiums.
Kristen is currently the Brisbane Regional Coordinator of ANZGOG’s new program, Survivors Teaching Students (STS).
In addition, Kristen won a nationwide competition, “Podquest” run by Nova Entertainment. She will soon be launching her own Podcast series, “Ovarshare” in which she interviews fellow survivors.
Kristen has also addressed our nations’ leaders in Parliament House to advocate for more research funding. Most recently, Kristen was the face of the Ovarian Cancer Australia and Bonds campaign "Overies for Ovaries”. In recognition for her efforts, Kristen was awarded as a 2019 Queensland Young Australian of the Year finalist.