It was a packed house at Eastbanks in Shepparton for the 2019 Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch, proudly supporting Bowel Cancer Australia and the charity’s Bowel Care Nurse Program.
My name is James and I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 31.
I have no family history of the disease, and never noticed blood in my stools at all. My sole symptom was shortness of breath.
Perth man Andrew Moloney and his partner Karen Parker didn’t need to look up the answers to the 2019 Golden Nugget online quiz, which tested peoples’ knowledge of bowel cancer signs and symptoms and encouraged participants to ‘check their poo’.
Karen's son-in-law John-Ross had complained about symptoms for several years before he was eventually diagnosed with the disease.
Affectionately referred to as “JR”, John-Ross was married to Karen’s daughter Jo-ann.
A qualified mechanic, guitarist, and dog trainer, JR loved his wife, 2 children, dog, and pet turtle.
He was also passionate about music, motorbikes and the Carlton football team.