James Georgopoulos was a young and innovative farmer from Shepparton who dreamed of shaking up the industry.
 
In 2014, he began working with a nursery to create a pear unique in flavour and colour.
 
"He knew as a young farmer when he first came on board, we had to rejuvenate the pear industry,” said James' father, Chris Georgopoulos.
 

As co-founder and executive chairman of one of Australia’s largest consumer magazine publishing businesses, David Gardiner has turned unknown brands into household names.

But bowel cancer doesn’t discriminate, and despite his personal success, David was diagnosed with Australia’s second deadliest cancer at age 51.

Troy is a frequent ultramarathon runner, but this year he chose to run for a cause close to his heart.

“When I’ve run ultramarathons in the past my family and friends have asked why and what was I raising money for – I was doing it as a personal challenge. But this year I decided to use this event as a fundraiser for Bowel Cancer Australia, in honour of my brother Jason.”

Inspired by the commitment of patron Richard Penn to improving outcomes for people affected by bowel cancer, Gavin Fox-Smith joined Bowel Cancer Australia’s board in 2004.

“I’ve always believed in the mission,” said Gavin.

When Director Richard Griffin AM was in preparatory school, he was given some medical advice by the Matron: ‘Listen to your body and act on it.’

“She drilled into us that it was not “sissy” or “weak” to talk about one’s concerns with medical professionals,” says Richard.

That advice probably saved Richard’s life.

Sara and her family were all surprised when her stepfather, Rob Bosch, was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Rob was fit and healthy, but by the time the cancer was discovered it had already metastasised and was invading other parts of his body. He died at the young age of 50.

I joined the Bowel Cancer Australia Board for both professional and personal reasons.
 
I started my career as a physiotherapist and then joined consulting firm, Ernst & Young, as a graduate just over 20 years ago, where I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and built my career as a Risk professional, advising clients on how to create trust and value through strong governance and risk management.
 

Following her diagnosis with bowel cancer in 2018, Christina wanted to use her love for creating quilts and patchwork to raise awareness and support Bowel Cancer Australia.

Helping to raise much-needed funds and awareness, Christina and her sister Berni held a quilt retrospective ‘Christina's Creations and Colon'.

Former Liberal MP Donna Hope (Bauer) thrived in the cut and thrust of local and then state politics, however a personal health challenge has provided new direction for her campaigning skills.

She has taken up the role of a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador after her own experience of bowel cancer last year highlighted the important ongoing work required to raise community awareness about this largely preventable and treatable disease.