“After being diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer in October of 2022, I felt lost and isolated and needed to find a new purpose for my life.

That’s when I came across Bowel Cancer Australia and immediately felt like I had found a community of people and a great source of information. I also saw an opportunity for me to find some meaning in my situation and I decided that I wanted to be a part of the efforts to raise awareness around bowel cancer in younger people and raise money for research.

So along with my family and friends I signed up for the 2023 HBF run for a reason in Perth and raised over $2000 for Bowel Cancer Australia. To spread the message of the Never2Young campaign, my friend and I bought one of the t-shirts and a pair of the exposed bottom shorts from the BCA shop.

My 12yr old nephew even agreed to wear a pair for me and we got a lot of attention on the day and had lots of fun! I can’t wait to do it all again next year!” – Melissa.

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