“I first took part in the fundraiser Dry July in 2010 after a dear friend died from ovarian cancer. I've been dry every July since, to remember this friend and others with cancer.

This year, my 12th, I chose to support Bowel Cancer Australia because my mother was diagnosed with and treated for bowel cancer. The diagnosis was a shock and what she wanted was to learn as much as possible about it.

The Bowel Cancer Australia website provided a source of accessible, reliable information.

I write this having just spoken to her after her last dose of chemotherapy - hooray! Her attitude throughout has been so incredible and, even when feeling unwell, she has inspired and taught me new things, as she has my whole life.

We now live very far apart, but Dry July has helped me feel closer, and was a way to show how much I care. She's a private person, so this is a picture of me the day we found one of our favourite native orchids together - a flying duck.” ~ Julia.


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