Inspired by the diagnosis of her best friend’s father with young-onset bowel cancer, Charlotte decided that she’d like to help make a difference and raise funds to support others like him.

"Charlotte's best friends Daddy (Darren) is sick.  He was first diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 32.  He is still courageously fighting his illness,” says Charlotte’s mum Katrina.

“Her Grandfather (Da, as she called him) was also diagnosed at the age of 75 and had a very short battle before he joined the Angels in Heaven,” Katrina added.

Wanting to help, Charlotte thought she could do that by holding a cake stall to raise money for everyone that needs treatment like Darren.

With the help from her gymnastics coaches, Charlotte is holding her cake stall at her gym to raise awareness and also raise money to donate to Bowel Cancer Australia in August.

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Red Apple Day and Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2019

1 in 13 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in their lifetime. 15,604 Australians will be diagnosed with the disease this year.

With Bowel Cancer Awareness Month launching on 1st June, now is the perfect time to start planning how you can help raise much needed awareness and funds to help beat bowel cancer.

A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 19 June 2019), when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon and apple themed fundraising activities.

Here's seven simple ways you can get involved:

1. Order free awareness posters and flyers to distribute at your workplace, community centre, social or sporting group

2. Register to sell Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons to family, friends and local community members.

3. Host a Bowel Cancer Awareness Month or Red Apple Day fundraiser or awareness activity.

4. Become a #Never2Young Champion this Never Too Young Awareness Week (3-9 June)

5. Connect with Bowel Cancer Australia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and spread the word by sharing, re-posting and tweeting.

6. Find out about bowel cancer prevention, risks and symptoms and share what you learn with others.

7. Donate today to help save lives and to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with bowel cancer. Every donation over $2 is fully tax-deductible.

For more information and to get involved this June click here.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Red Apple Day are initiatives of Bowel Cancer Australia.