What do most 38-year-old do for their birthdays. Mine was to do a fundraiser for Bowel Cancer Australia.

8 years ago, my cousin Karen was first diagnosed with bowel cancer at 38 years old. She fought a brave fight but sadly passed away 4 days after she turned 40.

With bowel cancer being on my mum and dads’ side of the family, I went to see my GP to discuss. I had my first colonoscopy at age 33 and told to come back in 5 years for check-up.

Turning 38 this year which is the same age as my cousin when she was diagnosed and time for my second colonoscopy, I decided for my birthday I would raise funds to shave my head. I work at a GP Practice in Port Macquarie NSW, so I asked my boss to shave my locks. He said he would be happy to get his cutthroat razor out to do.

From 1st to 30th September we had collection boxes and an online donation page for everyone to contribute. At 4pm on Friday 30th my head was shaved. In total we raised $2576. I was not expecting to even raise a fraction of this amount and blessed with the amazing support of Dr’s staff and patients.

I hope this contributes toward Bowel Cancer Australia assisting with a cure and also for people on their own bowel cancer journey.

If you were inspired by Kylie's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a community fundraiser get in touch with us through our webform