Surgeons discovered that a tumour growing on her ovary had wrapped around her bowel causing an obstruction.
After the diagnosis, she struggled for three years, trying surgery, drug trials and alternate medicine before sadly losing her battle about four and a half years ago.
Four years on, Mrs Erak of South Perth, is honouring her late mother with a high tea with 80 of her closest friends and family members.
‘It has taken me four years to be in the position to actually do something,’ she said.
‘I am holding the fundraiser on my mum’s birthday, to raise money for research into an early detection test for Ovarian Cancer, and to educate women about the signs and symptoms.
‘I wanted to do something positive for her, to remember her birthday, and she was originally English so she loved a good cuppa.’
Mrs Erak’s high tea- Tea for Jayne- will include vintage tea sets, champagne and small delicate cakes, which will be either made by friends or donated.
Can you help?
‘Tea for Jayne’ will be held on June 28.
100 per cent of money raised will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia and The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
They are in need of outdoor heaters, food for the day, silent auction or raffles prizes and 80 small vouchers or gift for goodie bags.
People and businesses who would like to contribute or donate equipment can contact Melisa on 0411 969 59