Increasingly, Australians are approaching fitness challenges motivated by a desire to make real change happen, not just for themselves, but for others.
That was the case for three fabulous fundraisers who chose to support Bowel Cancer Australia recently, in honour of a friend or loved one affected by Australia’s second deadliest cancer.
Bowel Cancer Australia’s Big Bowel made its first ever tour of Tasmania to kick off proceedings in this year’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1-30 June).
The interactive journey through the 7m long and 2.6m high inflatable Big Bowel provided spectators with a fun and unique way to learn about bowel cancer and how it can be prevented and was a huge hit in the Apple Isle.
This Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, people living with or beyond bowel cancer, loved ones, businesses, schools, hospitals, health centres and pharmacies throughout Australia showed their support, sharing their stories and raising funds in a range of ways.
Today marks Red Apple Day (Wednesday 20th June), a highlight of Bowel Cancer Australia’s annual Bowel Cancer Awareness Month campaign and a day when Australians are encouraged to support the charity’s vital work through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon and apple themed fundraising activities.
Red Apple Day starts tomorrow (Wednesday 20 June 2018), and Bowel Cancer Australia is calling on people all around the country to help save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of people living with bowel cancer.
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 20 June 2018), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon (incorporating the apple pin) and apple themed fundraising activities.
According to a population-based study of Australian bowel cancer patients, one-third (32%) reported they were seeing four to six different types of health professionals, with 16% seeing more than seven.
The study also found 83% of patients identified access to a bowel care nurse by phone or in person as an important resource to improve their care coordination.
A Bowel Care Nurse is a registered nurse who has specialist knowledge and experience caring for patients with bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer and its impact is felt not just by those diagnosed with the disease, but also by their loved ones.
Loved ones like, Diana and the Green Family.
Often one of the most compelling ways for people to take notice and become aware of an important issue, is to see that other people just like them are affected.
That’s why we share the ‘faces of young-onset bowel cancer’ with Australia (and the world) during Never Too Young Awareness Week and challenge common misconceptions. But we can’t do that alone.