“I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2020 at the age of 42. It has changed my world. Bowel Cancer Australia has been an amazing support to me by providing bowel cancer nurses, nutritionists, and counselling. They have also facilitated connection with other people who live with bowel cancer.

During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, I had the three main fundraisers:

1. 'Zumba gold with Helen' where I attended my Zumba class wearing my Bowel Cancer Australia "bum" shorts. At the end of each class, I had the opportunity to speak to the class about symptoms using the BCA B.O.W.E.L acronym. Attendees had the opportunity to donate at the end of the classes.

2. 'Westpac morning tea' my husband held a Morning Tea fundraiser at his work, selling ribbons to staff and the public to raise awareness and funds for Bowel Cancer Australia.

3. 'WCH PED afternoon tea and education session' I held an afternoon tea and education session at my workplace which included a presentation from Bowel Care Nurse, Fiona.

My reason is easy – family! My children are now at higher risk of bowel cancer due to my diagnosis. Knowing that this money will help fund research into preventing, detecting and treating bowel cancer means the world to me.

I rely heavily on the support of Bowel Cancer Australia - They are my lifeline. But honestly, I hope my children never have to access their services. I would never want them to go through the same experiences that I have.” ~ Nina.

A huge thank you to Nina for her amazing fundraising efforts whilst spreading much needed awareness during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. As a 100% community-funded charity, we rely on public support and our wonderful supporters!⁠

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If you were inspired by Nina's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a community fundraiser, please get in touch with us through ouwebform.