You may have heard of Ian Usher. He’s the guy who sold his life on eBay on 29 June 2008.
All Ian had left after the auction was his wallet and a passport.
He has since decided to embark on a personal challenge of achieving 100 goals in 100 weeks.
One of these goals is to raise $50,000 for bowel cancer research.
The disease claimed the life of Ian’s father at age 60.
As Ian puts it ‘I can remember my father grumbling occasionally of stomach pains, but he wasn’t a person to complain too much, and he simply got on with life. He was 60 at the time . . . and was looking forward to retiring to travel the world. . .’
‘He had been diagnosed as suffering from cancer of the bowels a couple of months earlier, and although he put a brave face on, I knew it had shaken him very badly.’
‘He had enjoyed a very full and active life. Christmas that year was tinged with a sadness at seeing my dad so ill.’
‘My dad died when I was 30 years old. After he died our doctor suggested that both myself and my brother should be regularly screened. . . I turned 45 just over a month or so ago, and this is one of those things that just seems to get put off again and again. I keep saying that I am going to get round it, but as yet never have.’
‘I have just made a commitment to myself today that I will do this before the end of the year!’
‘I don’t know what my dad would think of what I am doing now, but I know he would have supported me in this as much as he supported me in everything else I chose to do.’
‘Bowel cancer is treatable if discovered early enough, and can be screened with a simple test. It is recommended that anybody over 50 should be tested, and people with a family history of bowel cancer should be tested from an earlier age.’
Ian has nominated the Bowel Cancer Australia as recipient of his fundraising endeavours.
For further information on Ian’s adventure, click here.
To help Ian achieve his goal of raising $50,000 for bowel cancer research, you can make a donation to
Bowel Cancer Australia by clicking here.