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Australia Melbourne mother-of-two legacy remains on after battle with cancer

12:25  23 october  2021
12:25  23 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A paramedic mother-of-two has tragically lost her battle with cervical cancer after two 'hard' years - as her close friends reveal they will keep her legacy alive through a charity to help save other women.

Kara Dowling, 35, from Melbourne, found out she had cervical cancer in early 2019.

Kara, along with her partner Mike and her family, were relentless in their search for life-saving treatment, as she underwent numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments, surgery and immunotherapy.

The mother-of-two fought for two years but treatment was unsuccessful and she found out in September there was nothing more doctors could do.

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She was moved to palliative care, where her health quickly declined, and she passed away on October 6.

Friends will remember Kara as a loving partner to Mike and a devoted mother to her two sons Lachie, five, and Jimmy, three.

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Rowie Webster, a triple Olympian in water polo, was a friend of Kara's for 23 years.

Ms Webster told 7NEWS.com.au that Kara's battle with cancer was lengthy and difficult.

'There were times where we thought she had beaten cancer. We were celebrating and then unfortunately like most cancers they grow back,' she told the publication.

As well as being a loving mother, Kara was a supportive friend and was devoted to her job as an Ambulance Victoria paramedic.

Ms Webster said Kara, who she had known since Year 4 at school, was high-spirited, intelligent, and quick-witted and was always willing to assist others in need in her community.

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Kara enjoyed her last days with her two sons and partner before she died, and she was able to witness her beloved Melbourne Demons win the 2021 AFL premiership.

Ms Webster, a fellow Melbourne Demons supporter, said it was a wish of Kara's to see the Demons take home the trophy, and it was a special moment for the pair when it happened.

When Kara received the tragic news that her cancer was no longer treatable, her friends rallied around her to build a lasting legacy.

Charity Colours 4 Kara was founded to support Kara and her family during her battle, just like she had supported so many before.

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The charity was also created to raise awareness of cervical cancer and to urge people to get vaccinated and have regular screenings.

'Basically the mission for Colours 4 Kara was to increase awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of self-care,' Ms Webster explained.

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Kara's legacy of encouraging people to speak about their health and receive regular health checks is now embedded in the charity.

Ms Webster said: 'The fight was over for her but in time, hopefully not many other women have to go through what her and her family went through.'

Colours 4 Kara is now helping Kara's partner Mike raise their two son's Lachie and Jimmy.

A portion of the proceeds are also donated to charities that help women like Kara, including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and Mummies Wish.

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