“I decided to take part in Dry July to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia in support of my friend Keely. Keely and I connected through our mutual love for wine, and I have been in awe of her strength ever since. Keels was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer at the young age of 32.
She experienced symptoms of unexplained sudden weight loss and a sore shoulder.
Over the past four years Keels has undergone many surgeries, 62 rounds of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and five days of radiation.
She is an absolute fighter and is always so positive even on her darkest days. Keels in an inspiration to me, my Dry July team and everyone who knows her.
We couldn’t think of a better reason not to drink through July. We hope Keely’s story brings awareness to others that bowel cancer affects young people too.” ~ Elissa.
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