“Lil came up with the idea three years ago when dad (her Grandy) had just been diagnosed with bowel cancer. She was only 11 at the time and didn’t really know what to do but she wanted to help. She loves running, so Lily’s Mission was born.

At the time it was just a run walk event of 50km, but it’s grown so much bigger in that time! Our supporters are now family.

Lily’s Mission 2023 was the most magical day! The town really did come out and support us, we are still speechless. I was extremely emotional once it came time to shave, but my beautiful dad who has bowel cancer got to shave my head which was pretty special.

Here are photos of our Lily running her 50km, the Lily’s Mission team, and me getting my head shaved by dad.” ~ Sophie (Lily and the Lily’s Mission team).

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If you were inspired by Lily's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a sporting event, check out our Activities & Events Calendar or get in touch with us through our webform.

“This is our third year holding a fundraiser for Jacquie. She was a proud mum to four beautiful children, a doting grandmother, a loving wife, Disney lover, a caring friend and passionate clinical nurse. Her birthday is in July however she will forever be 47. On March 2nd July 2021 approximately, one year from her initial diagnosis Jacquie lost her battle with bowel cancer. Taken too young. She will be forever missed.” ~ Karen, Tracie & the team at St Andrews Hospital Ispwich.
 
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If you were inspired by Karen and Tracie's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a community fundraiser, please get in touch with us through our webform.

"We decided to raise awareness and raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia after our Dad passed away from Stage 4 bowel cancer. He passed away, 11 May 2019, 18 months after his diagnosis.

Our Dad was amazing, always funny, caring and supportive of my brother and myself. He kept his sense of humour through his journey. I think that is what helps us get through our hard days. He is with us all the time.
 
Our Mum, Maxine, was his biggest 'rock'. She cared for him in every way possible, the good times and hard times.
 
My brother and I have a tattoo on our lower leg for him. We had this done while he was going through treatment. We also had his handwriting tattooed on us so we always have him right there." ~ Donna, Our Cake Room.
 
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“My name is Maddie, I was 20 years old when my Gastroenterologist found thousands of polyps in my intestines and stomach due to having familial polyposis. We knew there was a 50/50 chance of me having it as it runs in my family with my dad and grandma having it. Luckily for myself none of my polyps in my stomach or intestines were actively cancerous at the time but it was a quick move to have a total colectomy. From now it means I require a yearly colonoscopy and gastroscopy to ensure the polyps that will be continually developing don’t turn cancerous.

I’m raising money because if it hadn’t been for the progress in bowel cancer awareness, fundraising and the research behind new advancements; my dad would not be alive today and I wouldn’t have a clue about what’s been developing in my body until it potentially could be too late. So, it’s time for me to try give back to an organisation I never knew would have such an important impact on my life and the lives of so many others.

I am now back to living a normal life and am able to travel and do everything in life I’d always wanted to do. My dad is an active 60-year-old who has spent many years post his surgery (he had his when he was 27 years old) travelling, living an active lifestyle and raising a family with my mum. I also wanted to share my story for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to encourage others to not be afraid to get checked early because if you find it early, it can be stopped.” ~ Maddie.


If you were inspired by Maddie's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through Dry July further details are available here.
“I’m just your ordinary retiree (ex-nurse/midwife) that believes more could have been done for Mum. She was a vibrant feisty woman who seldom gave up on anything.
Mum came from Cairns to visit us in Mandurah at the end of March last year, she was here for two days before being admitted with a gut obstruction. They removed 50+ cm of small bowel and tumour. Mum was too unwell for chemo or further treatment and died 23 August.
 
Mum had been going to her doctor for nearly 2 years with her symptoms without being investigated. We lost Mum to bowel cancer that had gone undetected and undiagnosed. She was 88.

I don’t want anyone else to suffer like she did.” ~ Gina.

If you were inspired by Gina's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through Dry July further details are available here.
"I'm passionate about doing Dry July not only for my own health and to have a break from alcohol but to raise money and awareness surrounding bowel cancer in Australia. Recently, one of my good friends and motorsport supporters Mike Sheargold was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
 
Fortunately, it was detected early and Mike has undergone a successful operation, but it shows cancer can strike anyone at any time. When Mike notified me that he was diagnosed with bowel cancer I was in shock and instantly thought of what I could do to show my support for him, and Dry July is the perfect platform for me to do that. I have already hit my first goal of raising $2,500 now I'm aiming to double that!
 
This is a photo of Mike and I together when we finished second at the Bathurst 6 hour earlier this year racing one of his cars." ~ Dylan.
 

If you were inspired by Dylan's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through Dry July further details are available here.
"Bowel and stomach cancer runs in our family - it took my dad when I was 11 years old. The devastation that left us and the hardships we had to endure in the years to come was made bearable by the amazing support of our close family and friends, and the community we belonged to.
 
Trinity Health and Performance is donating to Bowel Cancer Australia this Dry July because we believe in the power of giving back and paying it forward. We know first hand what it is like to get the diagnosis, what is like to watch your loved one slowly deteriorate, and to get the shocking news that you must rush to the hospital and being pulled out of school to say your final goodbye, only not to make it when you’ve arrived at the hospital. We also know that with a community that understands and supports you, you will get through the pain and suffering.
 
For this reason, we are going Dry this July to support Bowel Cancer Australia." ~ David and the team at Trinity Health and Performance.
 

If you were inspired by Trinity Health and Performance's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through Dry July further details are available here.
“I decided to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia through the Canberra Times Fun Run after my "I did Run Melbourne (10km) as a tribute to my Dad who is in the process of beating bowel cancer. Most recently he spent 10 weeks in hospital following a procedure to reverse his ileostomy. Unfortunately, his radiation treatment killed nearby parts of his lower bowel as well as a section of duodenum.
 
He ended up having 3 surgeries and 2 stays in ICU and still has to visit the hospital 3x or week to receive fluids. Although the ileostomy was reversed, he now has a duodenostomy - but we are all still hopeful that he can have this reversed in the future.
 
I even rang Dad during the last 500m so he could cross the finish line with me! Thank you Bowel Cancer Australia for everything you do and I hope my small contribution helps." ~ Naomi.

If you were inspired by Naomi's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a community fundraiser, please get in touch with us through our webform.
"This cause is very close to myself and my family as we lost our beloved Aunty Ann in 2020 (right at the start of COVID) to bowel cancer. The hardest part was not being able to say goodbye.

The one thing I did tell her was that I'd do everything I could to make her proud! This was something that felt right.
 
Donating to Bowel Cancer Australia and pushing my limits with a half marathon would have made her think I was crazy but she'd be so proud!
 
Loved and always remembered.
 
This photo is myself and my Fiancé Brendan with the sign he surprised me with at the half way point. There were lots of tears! Until next time!" ~ Amanda.
 

If you were inspired by Amanda's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a community fundraiser, please get in touch with us through our webform.
"As a 33-year-old bloke, healthy, married with small kids, I never thought that I would be faced with a bowel cancer diagnosis at this point in my life.
 
For about 12 months or so, I was aware of some minor changes to my bowel movements, but I just put this down to food sensitivities or my body being messed around from shift work. In hindsight, I now know that was the first signs something was wrong.
 
Around the end of January 2023, I noticed a small bit of blood in my bowel movement. As a once off, I didn’t give it too much thought, however, after experiencing it again for the second time, I told my wife. She insisted that I get into any GP in our local area and to not leave their office until I had a referral to a colorectal surgeon.
 
Due to a close family member having had colorectal cancer, we knew the importance of getting checked, which is why my wife was so insistent. At no point did we think that bowel cancer was what was causing this, however, thought it best to get a referral so a specialist could confirm. I honestly thought shift work had gotten the better of me as I had been working shift work for about 17 years.
 
I went to a local GP, who I hadn’t been to before, and he advised me that I was too young for it to be anything serious, that this would likely pass and to come back if symptoms persisted. While I politely acknowledged that what he was saying may be correct, I was persistent in my request for a referral to a specialist and he reluctantly agreed.
 
The first available appointment with my colorectal surgeon was approximately four weeks after my consult with the GP and in that time, my symptoms worsened significantly. I was losing weight, passing large amounts of blood, was significantly fatigued and experienced cramping in my abdomen. When I met with my surgeon and spoke through my symptoms, he scheduled my colonoscopy immediately and I was undergoing the procedure within 5 days.
 
I woke expecting that I was going to be told I had haemorrhoids or something blokes my age commonly face; however, this was not the case.
 
I was told by the specialist that he found a number of polyps throughout my bowel but most significantly, he found a tumour that was about the size of a tennis ball. As I was groggy from the anaesthetic, this conversation is still a little hazy but I was aware I would need further surgery and that I was needing to undertake CT scans and blood work. I now know this was to see whether there was cancer in my lymph nodes or anywhere else in my body. The tumour was biopsied and I would be contacted with these results, as well as the result of my scans and bloods, as soon as possible.

Undertaking these tests and waiting for these results was daunting. I was eventually advised that I had bowel cancer, however, the positive news was that there was no indication it had spread to my lymph nodes or any other parts of my body. I subsequently underwent a colectomy on the 12th of April, which included a 20cm incision to remove a large portion of my bowel. They removed about 25cm of my colon. I spent a week in hospital and was off work for 2 months so that my body could recover. The portion of bowel and the tumour that was removed was tested which confirmed that the cancer cells were confined to the tumour and there was no indication of spread to the lymph nodes. I will now undergo frequent monitoring but feel incredibly lucky with my results and where I am now.
 
I am acutely aware of what waiting a further few months to go and get checked would have meant for me and my family and absolutely know that because of early detection, I have had a great outcome.
 
If it wasn’t for my wife, it probably would’ve been another thing I would’ve put off for a few months.

I cannot stress the importance of looking at, and talking about your bowel movements. It could be so many things other than cancer but in case it is, it is far better to know as early as possible.
 
You are never too young to have bowel cancer. And this is why I’m doing Dry July." ~ Renaldo.

If you were inspired by Renaldo's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through Dry July further details are available here.
“In January 2018 my identical twin sister (29 years of age that year) Christina was experiencing pain in her stomach all day. When I arrived home she advised she was still experiencing pain and we made her attend the Hospital thinking perhaps it was her appendix.
 
They did an ultrasound and couldn’t see anything but fluid, they questioned ‘colitis’ and said perhaps a cyst burst, although there was no other present. They sent her home and advised if pain persists to then come back.
 
When the pain became worse in February, she went to her GP who looked at her ultrasounds, ordered bloods and stools and called rapid access to order a colonoscopy to query if she perhaps had Crohns disease.
 
Bloods came back and doctor asked her to go on iron tablets as she was iron deficient, anaemic.

As she awaited her scopes, she was still sick and ended up in hospital again on 30th March. As she was due back in a week for her scope they discharged her with some medication for pain and bloating.
 
The day of her preparation for her scopes (cleanse day) she started vomiting and the cleanse was not working. She ended up in hospital again in emergency at 2am which we later found out was caused due to the blockage from the tumour.
 
When she had her scopes the tumour was found and it was said to be cancerous. Surgery was then booked in to remove the tumour (and a temporary stoma was given). They then confirmed the cancer was Stage 4 and had spread to her pelvic area including her ovaries/uterus.
 
No one wants to hear ‘you have cancer’. Being so young it’s not something you ever think of, then having to think about the possibility of dying, not being able to have kids of your own – it was so much to process, especially at 29 years old.
 
Sadly, Christina was only 30 when she left this world, passing away a mere 14 months after diagnosis. I will always cherish our 30th birthday we got to enjoy as our last birthday together and that I was there by her side throughout this tough journey, until her last breathe.” ~ Emily.
 
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If you were inspired by Emily's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through Dry July further details are available here.

“Dry July means so much for me this year. Sadly my wife, a daughter and a mum of two beautiful children, Chantel passed away after fighting bowel cancer for two and half years.

This is an opportunity I will take on every year to help raise as much money as I can to go towards bowel cancer research, detection and treatments. Young people are being diagnosed with disease every day and there needs to be shift in that this no longer an old person's disease.” ~ Shane.

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If you were inspired by Shane's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through Dry July further details are available here.


 

 
“My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and died of this awful disease 4 years later in 2016.
 
I have been fundraising and raising awareness for over a decade.
 
I became friends with Stage 4 bowel cancer patient Nicole Cooper in 2018 after discovering her blog. We became good friends and we got to meet in person when she was in London with her family in 2019.
 
Nicole was always a great supporter of my fundraising. After Nicole’s tragic death in January, I decided to put a music release together in her memory and include Bowel Cancer Australia as one of the charities to benefit from the profits raised.
 
The Final Post 4-track EP features a narration of Nicole’s beautiful final post penned on the day she died.
 
The narration was done by 12 ladies from the bowel cancer community.
 
It’s available on my own www.rivers2cross.com website and all digital music platforms.” ~ Tim.
 

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

 
“I wanted to raise awareness and funds after being diagnosed with bowel cancer at 34 years old with no family history. Luckily, we found it early and it is curable. I have just finished chemo and radiation therapy and I'm now awaiting surgery, so it seemed timely to do some fundraising on my birthday. It's a disease that a lot of people aren't comfortable talking about and yet it is one of the most common and deadliest cancers in Australia. Being diagnosed is an extremely scary time however, resources like Bowel Cancer Australia provide patients and their families with information and support to ease the stressful experience.” ~ Ashleigh
 

If you were inspired by Ashleigh's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through an In Celebration Facebook Fundraiser, details are available here.

 
“On 5 July 2022 I lost my beautiful mum to bowel cancer. We learned of her diagnosis just a few days after Mother’s Day and she was gone within 8 weeks.
From Mother’s Day 2023 until 5 July 2023, I will be raising money for Bowel Cancer Australia in her memory to support others with this terrible disease and to raise awareness. I will also be increasing my steps during this time and will walk, run or skip 300km from Mother’s Day until 5 July - one year on. My fundraising window also coincides with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in June.

If you’d like to make a contribution, it will be gladly accepted. I can guarantee that I will be seeing lots of Mum’s sunsets during this time. Thank you for your support.” ~ Elizabeth.
 

If you were inspired by Elizabeth's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through an In Celebration Facebook Fundraiser, details are available here.

 
“I chose to have a bowel cancer fundraiser in lieu of gifts for my birthday as my mum was diagnosed in late 2022 and underwent surgery in early 2023 to remove the cancerous tissues. Thankfully we were lucky enough to catch it early. However, mum was the second person in our family to be diagnosed and this has now created a pattern for our wider family. My mother’s siblings also underwent colonoscopy procedures, on my mum and her surgeon’s advice, and pre-cancerous tissues were found in their tests as well. As with many cancers, catching it early is key and the professional and passionate treatment mum received from her GP, surgeons and all the fabulous nurses in between meant the absolute world to us. Mum will be here to see a couple more generations of our family now.” ~ Samantha.
 

If you were inspired by Samantha's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through an In Celebration Facebook Fundraiser, details are available here.

 
“In June 2021 my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer which stemmed from something as simple as going to the doctor with stomach pain. When mum found out her and my dad Cesar had to make extremely difficult on-the-spot decisions on whether or not to have certain life-changing surgeries.

Mum had to undertake two different types of chemotherapy treatment, both of which did not work as at the time the cancer was too aggressive.
Mum made sure that she was always positive and put on a brave face, all she wanted was to spend as much time as possible with her family of 3 kids, 3 grandkids, and of course her husband.
 
Mum dedicated her life to helping people, she work at a retirement home looking after others.

She also had plans to work at a soup kitchen to help the homeless but never got to do so.

Rosa Pardo passed away in February 2022 surrounded by her loving family.
 
I created a GoFundMe page to help generate awareness and raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia in my mum's name.

In October 2022 I participated in a Spartan Race Trifecta weekend in Queensland. I accomplished my goal of Race 1 - 21km + over 30 obstacles with no penalties just over 4 hours, and also my fundraising goal of $5000.
 
Feel to follow along with me and my journey to achieving my goal on my Instagram page @d_pardo
 
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If you were inspired by Daniel's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a sporting event, check out our Activities & Events Calendar or get in touch with us through our webform.

 “I'm thrilled to share that the HBF Run for a Reason 2023 'Go For Glenn' fundraiser was a tremendous success!

Losing my brother to a three-year battle with bowel cancer has deeply impacted me, motivating my strong determination to raise awareness about the crucial importance of early detection and ensure that others receive the necessary support to overcome this disease.

Through personal experience, I am driven to make a difference by emphasising the significance of early intervention and advocating for accessible resources and assistance for those affected by bowel cancer.

We had an amazing turnout, with over 40 people running in our 'Go For Glenn' Team. It was truly admirable to see so many individuals come together to support such a worthy cause. I'm proud to announce that we exceeded our fundraising expectations, which has filled us with immense happiness and gratitude for the incredible support we received.

Thank you once again for your support and for giving me the opportunity to make a difference.” ~ Kaitlin.


If you were inspired by Kaitlin's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a sporting event, check out our Activities & Events Calendar or get in touch with us through our webform.

“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.


If you were inspired by Melissa's fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a sporting event, check out our Activities & Events Calendar or get in touch with us through our webform.

“I am a Personal Trainer at Ripples Leisure Centre in St Marys. Through my work, I organised the ‘train the trainer’ fundraising event where our members could choose an exercise for the trainer to complete with each exercise being a different price.

I chose to support Bowel Cancer Australia as I lost my uncle Gavin 2 years ago at the young age of 39. I was very close with my uncle Gavin and I used this as a way to remember him and to encourage young people to get checked.

I managed to raise $1020 which I thought was really great for the first time doing this event.” ~ Taren.


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

South Perth Physiotherapy is a small Physiotherapy Clinic based in Perth and they recently hosted a Pilates and massage day fundraiser for Bowel Cancer Australia, in honour of colleague, and dear friend Bec.

“Bec was unfortunately diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2021 and continues to courageously fight this condition with the support of her family, friends and community. We at South Perth Physiotherapy hope to continue to support Bec and all people diagnosed with this devastating condition, and hope our contribution helps raise awareness, support research, and improve care for those diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.

South Perth Physiotherapy are happy to announce that through massages, Pilates classes, raffle tickets and donations we raised a total of $2700!

We appreciate all those who volunteered their time to help out, who endured tough Pilates classes, enjoyed relaxing massages and contributed towards the amazing day and we hope to continue to support Bec with her recovery!” ~ Ashley.


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

“At the end of 2019 I was a bit concerned with changes in my bowel movements and knowing I have a family history of bowel cancer, I took myself off to the doctors (seriously, thanks to the campaign from Bowel Cancer Australia, which I felt like I was seeing EVERYWHERE!).

During my colonoscopy, I had three large polyps cut out. The diagnosis was Serrated polyposis syndrome and was booked in to become an annual visitor at the gastrointestinal clinic.

2020 became the year everything went on hold and in August, the actor Chadwick Boseman passed away due to colorectal cancer. It really hit me as he was so young, and I was so thankful I’d paid attention to my body and the campaign that seemed to be following me. I definitely sent the push through to my brothers to get a pre-screening check!

Earlier this year I went for my 3rd colonoscopy and got the news, no Polyps! I know I’m not out of the woods yet and have to keep the screening up, bi-annually for now, but it was a good wake up call to get my health in check.

I’ve working in hospitality my whole life and drinking has always been a big part of that, so when my best friend Thomas (featured in the photo) announced he was doing Dry July…I thought I’d sign up too.

Initially I thought I’d do it just to support him, but with signing up I saw I had the opportunity to raise the money for Bowel Cancer Australia. Considering I may not have gone to the doctor if it hadn’t been for the advertisements I saw, I thought what better way to say thank you than to raise money.” ~ Chloe.


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

“The inspiration behind the Bowel Cancer Awareness fundraising we have done over the past couple of years was driven by one of the young members of our sales team being diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in January 2021. He is a much-loved member of the team and as he continues to fight this insidious illness with tremendous courage, we wanted to support by raising funds for the cause.

Thankfully, we were able to rally friends, staff, suppliers and anyone we could rope in, to provide items that we could auction off via a silent auction. The auction was a tremendous success and gave all involved a real sense of community around the fundraiser and most importantly, a connection with our dear workmate.” ~ Jimmy and the team at Luxottica.


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

“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.

 


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

In support of their well-respected colleague Mandy, Bathurst Community Corrections Kicked Ass by raising $1,220 for Bowel Cancer Australia as part of our annual Kick Ass campaign.

On 1st of March, they organised a huge raffle, delicious afternoon tea, and a jiu jitsu session facilitated by Bathurst Correctional Centre’s Custodial staff.

“After recently undergoing bowel cancer treatment for the third time, Mandy bravely shared her story on the Bowel Cancer Australia Facebook page.

The fundraising initiative was leading up to International Women’s Day, given the courageous woman Mandy is, and to urge women to go to the GP if they notice any changes in their bowel habits.

Well done to Mandy, for being such a Kick Ass woman, and to all the Bathurst Corrective Services NSW staff who rallied together to raise money and awareness for such an important issue. Many educational conversations were had, many stories were shared and we shed tears of sadness and laughter“~ Natalie.


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

“During a routine doctor’s appointment, I mentioned in passing that I had been intermittently passing blood for close to six months, but I justified the symptoms to myself with it being the silly season where I had over indulged, or ate spicy food.

My GP’s reply was ‘you should have started with that!!’ Never once did I really think I would have cancer, I was only 38. Wasn’t bowel cancer for old people? I mean you get sent the tests in the post when you turn 50 - I was ages away from that!

After going through the prep, I thought I was through the worse of it. I went into the procedure feeling positive and thinking they may find maybe a polyp but nothing serious, but I was very mistaken. I woke up from the colonoscopy with the doctor telling me they had found something and it was cancer.

I remember lying in recovery in absolute shock, tears slowly rolling down my face. Two weeks later I was in surgery for five hours to remove my tumour, lymph nodes and to create a temporary ileostomy. I was diagnosed with Stage 3C rectal cancer and it had spread to three of my lymph nodes. 

I tend to use humour to deal with things and this was no different, so I gave my tumour a name - Trevor the tumour. I felt that if I gave it a name it wouldn’t be as scary (I also called my stoma - Homer the Stoma). I then started chemo every two weeks for six months. Chemo had its challenges, but I was supported through it by my amazing husband, family and friends. I counted down each cycle and celebrated every small milestone and got back up at every hurdle.

I am now 3 1/2 years clear but still having regular scans and check-ups with multiple specialists, dealing with the subsequent side effects from the treatment. Going dry in July is no hardship, especially if I can help the Bowel Care Nurse pilot program expand so more patients receive dedicated support from a Bowel Cancer Nurse.

I wanted to take part in Dry July once I saw that Bowel Cancer Australia was a beneficiary, to help raise awareness of bowel cancer. Before I was diagnosed it wasn’t something that was on my radar.  Bowel cancer isn’t one of the cancer’s that is considered ‘sexy’. No celebs are rushing to be the face of an awareness campaign, because really who wants to talk about poo? Yet it is the second deadliest cancer, with the young onset number rising.” ~ Shelley.


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

“Every time my Nan went to the bathroom to move her bowels, she had pain and would be bleeding. This lasted for a couple of weeks to almost a month and got worse as time went on.

She put off going to see the doctor as her daughter (my Aunty) was pregnant with her first child and wanted to be there for her just in case there was any bad news. After my Aunty had her son, my Nan finally went and saw the doctor, it was in November of 1999.

With it being a Saturday appointment her local doctor in the small town of Ayr, Queensland, booked an appointment on the Monday with a specialist who performed a colonoscopy ASAP to see if they could get further details from that. She got the results back; it was high level 2 bowel cancer. Her doctor booked her in for keyhole surgery and then an operation the remove a length of the bowel which contained a large polyp, all went well.

Although it was scary, being cancer, luckily it was all contained inside the walls of the bowel and had not spread elsewhere.

She says she’s very lucky she went to the doctor when she did and didn’t leave it any later.

It will be 23 years this November since the diagnosis and procedure to remove part of her bowel. She still has to have colonoscopies every 2-5 years and gets polyps in her bowel removed each time she has a procedure. I’m thankful she’s still with us all with her turning 73 this year in August.

5 years ago, I went to the doctors as I had blood in the stool and each time I would open my bowels there would be blood in the toilet. I went to the doctor with my Mum, as it’s her Mum (my Nan) who had bowel cancer. Thankfully for me it was just a bad case of haemorrhoids.

The reason I supported Dry July is for my Nan and also to share that if there’s any signs or symptoms that people might be experiencing to go see a doctor straight away to get help or possibly diagnosed and treated. I hope everyone with bowel cancer can have a happier future with the help of specialised doctors and help with treatments.” ~ Brodie & Nan (Bev).

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“When I found out that Bowel Cancer Australia was a beneficiary of Dry July, I wanted to be involved to raise awareness, to support the Bowel Care Nurse program and to honour the memory of my beautiful friend Susan.

Susan, 35 and a mum to two little ones (Leo now three years and Lucy 16 months), was diagnosed in October 2021 and passed away a month later in November from Stage 4 bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer can be treated successfully if found early. Young people and medical professionals need to be aware of the signs and investigate them, rather than attributing those indicators to symptoms of a busy life, recent pregnancy or something that might pass.” ~ Katie.

 


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“In March 2020 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer at 33, it has been truly the hardest time of my life.

Something that made it more bearable and reminded what life was all about was starting a list of 100 things I had always wanted to do and work my way through them. Number 7 on my list was easing $5000 for Bowel Cancer Australia.

I am so proud to raise money for a charity that help raise awareness especially for early onset bowel cancer.” ~ Chloe.

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“In 2015, my uncle was diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was a really tough time for me as I’m very close with my family and they unfortunately live on the other side of the world.

I felt helpless and like all I could do was sit, wait, and hope for the best outcome. This was distressing to say the least as the statistics on the number of people who make it out the other side when diagnosed with bowel cancer are not favourable.

I was one of the lucky ones that can now say that I know someone who has been triumphant in that fight. What’s better is that that person is very close to my heart.

When I was looking through the charities available to choose on the Dry July page and came across Bowel Cancer Australia, it was an easy choice.

There are many worthwhile charities that are doing amazing things, but Bowel Cancer Australia - in my opinion - sits right at the top of the list.” ~ Mladen.

 


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"I took part in Dry July in honour of my dad Steve, who I lost to Stage 4 bowel cancer at the beginning of June 2022. Dad was diagnosed in May 2020 at the height of the pandemic, and while we thought treatment was extremely successful at first, the cancer had other ideas and it was a very tough two years for us both.

I loved to have a drink with my dad, whether it was over dinner or in celebration of something, and from our travels together he perfected a number of delicious cocktails which he would make for me at home. Knowing I'll never get to have another drink with my dad makes me incredibly sad.

Dad was so young when he passed away, and the impact his death has had on me is profound. So I want to do whatever I can to prevent another family from going through what we did." ~ Lauren.

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 “I decided to take part in Dry July to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia in support of my friend Keely. Keely and I connected through our mutual love for wine, and I have been in awe of her strength ever since. Keels was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer at the young age of 32.

She experienced symptoms of unexplained sudden weight loss and a sore shoulder.

Over the past four years Keels has undergone many surgeries, 62 rounds of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and five days of radiation.

She is an absolute fighter and is always so positive even on her darkest days. Keels in an inspiration to me, my Dry July team and everyone who knows her.

We couldn’t think of a better reason not to drink through July. We hope Keely’s story brings awareness to others that bowel cancer affects young people too.” ~ Elissa.

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"This is myself and my lovely husband Marc. Marc was a healthy fit 46-year-old. He ran marathons, never smoked, didn't eat fast food, never needed the doctors and didn't take any medications. The last person you'd expect to get sick.

So, when in 2020 he started having abdominal pain, feeling tired, and not eating as well. I started getting worried. After a few months he eventually went to the GP, who examined him and straight away sent him off for a colonoscopy. The surgeon then told us Marc had a tumour and it was cancerous.

After being referred to our Cancer Centre and Marc having surgery to remove the tumor, we were then told it was Stage 4. The cancer had spread to his liver. Up to this point we didn't know anyone who had cancer - no family members, no friends. We had four boys, and all our family were back in the UK. Luckily, we had fabulous friends around us. Marc is still here, even though the cancer has grown.

I decided to do something to try and help in my own very small way. That's why I did a birthday donation on Facebook and asked my friends to help out.

We need to find out why seemingly healthy people are getting bowel cancer and why younger people are too." ~ Michele & Marc.


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“I was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer a month after my 34th birthday.  Due to my age and the fact that I looked healthy it took several visits to my GP, gastroenterologist and emergency departments before I was eventually diagnosed. After a CT scan showed my bowel was completely blocked and I needed an emergency right hemicolectomy.

The tumour had extended outside my bowel and was found in some lymph nodes in my peritoneum, hence Stage 4 diagnosis. I had 12 rounds of FOLFURI chemo followed by a peritonectomy with HIPEC and then 12 months of Zeloda tablet chemo. 

Whilst I was going through the chemo treatments and surgery recovery, I spent my time watching sailing Youtube channels.

My husband and I decided that as soon as the doctor said I could, we would buy a boat and start sailing around Australia and maybe abroad.  It’s now been 5 years since my diagnosis and three and a half years since we moved onto our boat.

We were so pleased to be able to raise more than $4,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia through our Dry July team - ‘Pirates Without Rum’. ~ Peta.


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“The reason why I am so passionate about bowel cancer is due to my dad being diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 50.

My dad was bulletproof and rarely went to the doctors, hardly even got a cold. Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer following a colonoscopy detection. It shook the whole family. He underwent surgery to have it removed and then underwent chemotherapy for several months.

Following dad’s initial diagnosis, I shared my own concerns with my doctor about a couple of blood episodes in the toilet which he put down to haemorrhoids. I was told I'm too young to have a colonoscopy, not necessary (age 27).

My doctor said you would not need to have a colonoscopy until at least the age of 40, ten years before my dad’s diagnosis, because that’s what the doctors are told by the analytics and studies. I completed a poo test kit (the ones you get in the mail) off my own back, came back negative. I forced my doctor to send me for a colonoscopy because I saw what dad was going through and I wanted to be sure.

To my shock and my doctors, I had a 5mm polyp and a 25mm polyp removed during the colonoscopy. A biopsy further discovered high-grade cells at the base of the 25mm polyp.

My specialist who I met after the colonoscopy said that the polyp could have very well been cancerous in two years. My specialist asked me, ‘What made you come here?’, I said ‘My gut instinct’. I went back 3 months later to have a follow up colonoscopy (all clear).

I now routinely have colonoscopy appointments every 2-3 years because the doctors don’t want to take any chances and neither do I.

For the record, my Dad kicked cancers arse and just recently celebrated his 60 birthday! Thanks for reading my story, I hope this helps raise further awareness to get checked.” ~ Rick.


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“I decided to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia through the Canberra Times Fun Run after my mum, Fiona, was diagnosed with Stage IV Bowel Cancer in August 2021.

From the moment mum was diagnosed, our lives completely changed, and mum was thrown into extremely intensive treatment after two major surgeries. She endured all of this with the most bravery and grace you could possibly imagine.

As time went on, she understandably faced greater challenges with her treatment, and I could tell she needed a boost and something to lift her spirits. Which is when I decided to train a couch to 5km and raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia through the Fun Run.

Mum got so much joy out of us setting our fundraising goal and seeing the support we got from friends and family. I chose Bowel Cancer Australia specifically after finding their amazing resources and reading about all the incredible work they do to raise awareness of bowel cancer, fund research and seek to improve the quality of life of those impacted by this horrible disease.

Bowel Cancer Australia also supported me as I tried to help manage mum’s care and help her through her treatment - both through their amazing Bowel Care Nurses and Nutritionists, so I was grateful to also be able to give back to an organisation who helped me so much. The actual day of the race was such a beautiful day, and it was so special to be able to have mum there cheering me on.

Sadly, mum lost her battle a month later in December 2022 but I am so grateful we got to do this together and that it brought her so much joy.” ~ Lauren.


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“In November 2014, at just the age of 39yrs young, our Mum (Karen) was admitted to immediate emergency surgery to remove a mass growth which was close to rupturing on her bowel. At the time, mum had been pushing for answers for over 2 years, then this particular weekend visited our local ED 3 times, only to be sent away as ‘severely constipated’ due to her ‘young age’.

Following mum’s surgery, she underwent six months of on and off chemotherapy to minimise any remaining cancer cells and reduce the risk of them returning. After 22months of remission (‘cancer-free’), mum’s cancer had returned to other areas of her body (secondary bowel cancer). Over 7 years, mum underwent a total of 123 chemotherapy treatments, 4 radiation treatments and wore a pump majority of her days even when she wasn’t at Oncology so she could still have chemo going through her.

All whilst working full time still, playing netball still at one point, and holding down a home for her husband and four beautiful children. Mum underwent every type of chemo drug compatible with her cancer, including trials and new releases.

Unfortunately, in August 2021 (after meeting her first grandson and learning she had a granddaughter on the way) the cancer had taken over mum’s body and mum was given a prognosis of three months left. In November 2021, after 7 long years of fighting and battling, mum decided it was time to rest, surrounded by family.

My siblings and I created a Facebook Page; ‘The Lawrence Kids Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month’ to raise awareness and funds and connect with a greater audience. Not only do we hold an annual bake sale (first one started in 2019) at our local netball courts each year, but we also use the page to raise awareness and share facts regarding all thing’s bowel cancer. In the past (2020) I have also dyed my (very very long) blonde hair to green as a motif for people to donate (green being one of Bowel Cancer Australia’s colours).

Our 2022 fundraiser reached $10,000! We have also just received the Young Volunteers of the Year Award at the 2023 Australia Day Awards in our local Kempsey Shire.” ~ Brooklyn and ‘The Lawrence Kids’.

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“I was diagnosed on the 14th of June 2022. I had noticed a change in bowel habits and frequency for about 8 weeks prior to initially seeing a GP. The week of the 30th of May 2022 I was not making it to the toilet on time (at least three times a day I would have accidents) and I was in excruciating pain in my lower back and rectum, and I stopped eating and drinking.

I wasn’t able to get an appointment with my regular GP but managed to get an appointment with a GP at the same medical centre. This was on the 2nd of June. The GP I saw made me feel like she didn’t believe me and reluctantly ordered a blood test and asked me to return a stool sample - she told me to go home and drink hydrolyte and take gastro stop and that it was probably just a parasite.

My regular GP was notified when the results for my tests came back and called to advise there was blood found in my stool and that she had booked me an urgent appointment with a Gastroenterologist on Tuesday the 7th June.

He was concerned about the amount of pain I was in and ordered a CT and booked me in for a colonoscopy and endoscopy on the 21st of June. I had my CT scan on the 7th and was told on the 9th that a malignant mass was found in my rectum. My colonoscopy and endoscopy was brought forward to the 14th of June and this confirmed rectal adenocarcinoma. We have no family history of bowel cancer, I am not a smoker, I have always had a healthy and balanced diet and I was going to the gym six days per week up until my diagnosis.

Since my diagnosis (less than a month ago) I have had fertility treatment, egg collection and a de-functioning ileostomy. I started five weeks of radiation and chemo tabs yesterday and then I will have four months of IV chemo. I am so lucky as it hasn’t spread. If I didn’t have the symptoms I did it would be a very different story.

I am strong, I will beat this, and I am so grateful to have the support networks and information from wonderful organisations such as Bowel Cancer Australia - it is so important that we continue to raise awareness and funds to help people like me.” ~ Sophie.


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"I lost my husband at a young age to bowel cancer, after finding out it ran in his family and life has been a huge struggle ever since.

Ian was diagnosed with advanced Stage D cancer at age 32. He was officially diagnosed in Feb of 2018 (when our daughter was 18 months old), after over 18 months of debilitating pain, seeing doctors and specialists who all kept dismissing him telling him nothing was wrong with him, including his regular GP, who knew him better than the rest, as he’d been going to this GP all his life.

I’m supporting Bowel Cancer Australia, as no-one should have to suffer cancer, or lose their loved ones to it." ~ Naomi⁠⠀⁠


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“I am a gastroenterologist with special interest in therapeutic endoscopy.  In this line of work, I regularly diagnose and treat patients with bowel cancer, but I am passionate about doing my part in preventing this disease. I can't stress enough to my patients to participate in screening programs and have timely colonoscopy, but most of all I love being able to remove precancerous lesions endoscopically, potentially saving patients from having to have invasive surgery.

Out of the work setting, I try to raise community awareness through my efforts with the Dry July Campaign. I will be back this year!” ~ Dr Saurabh Gupta.


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"We all know someone who has been affected by cancer - when Matt was unexpectedly diagnosed with bowel cancer it was the shock of a lifetime. He fought hard and came out the other side healthy, strong and grateful.

With the support of family, friends and colleagues, we participated in Dry July to raise much needed funds for the great people at Bowel Cancer Australia, who's work to date is no doubt a reason why I'm still here.

But there is still a lot more work to be done with the number diagnoses growing year on year, particularly in young people." Matt & Amanda.


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“My partner Jason was a fit healthy 48-year-old. In the past 10 years he raced in endurance sports, ironman and ultra-trail marathons. He was the last person that anyone would ever think would lose his life to bowel cancer.

Life for our family was amazing but it was all ripped up in an instant when an ultrasound for a rib injury revealed a 2cm mass in his colon. He was still running park runs when it was found. His only other symptom was a slightly grumbly belly that he put down to a change in diet. He worked in the mines and fatigue was normal for him.

Jason loved life and adventure. From his diagnosis he never wanted to know time frames or prognosis. He didn’t want it to take away from living every day as fully as he could still. He remained hopeful and optimistic that he could beat his diagnosis right till the very end.

In his memory, his brother, a team and I completed two Ultra Marathons, both in the year he would have turned 50 which is also the current screening age. A 50km from the bush to Beach in Newcastle and then the 50km Ultra Trail Marathon in the Blue Mountains in September, fundraising close to $10,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia.

I also want to be a voice in fighting to change the perception that only those over 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer. To fight for lowering the screening age. To improve the treatment options and support for younger families impacted by bowel cancer. Read Jason and Lucie’s full Bowel Cancer Story here.” ~ Lucie.

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As a family, we accepted the World Cancer Day 5K Challenge. Walking 5km around the picturesque coastline of Port Macquarie on Saturday 4th February to raise important awareness that is early-onset of bowel cancer.

With our own recent devastating news, we’ve become so passionate about urgently spreading the word about the increasing diagnosis of advanced bowel cancer in young people, not only in Australia but around the world.

A much loved and adored 38-year-old husband, father, son, friend and local Anaesthetist. We were completely blindsided when Mitch was told he had Stage IV bowel cancer last December, with metastasis throughout his liver. Even though a doctor himself, you just never expect at 38-year-old to have to suddenly confront your mortality, whilst thinking about if you’ll have the chance to watch your 8-year-old twins grow up.

We want to say a HUGE thank you (which doesn’t seem enough!) for the incredible turnout of family, friends, colleagues and neighbours to walk 5km with us. Estimated over 100 walkers and many more in spirit that couldn’t be there for various reasons…we’re just so appreciative and humbled by your kindness, love and support.

Mitch was ‘fresh’ from round 4 of chemotherapy (he finished the day before!), but he was so pumped to complete the challenge alongside of his very proud family. Mitch was a trooper and smashed the 5km, made much easier by the distraction of conversations along the way.

Raising more than $10,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia and their #Never2Young campaign. With so many people in need it isn’t just the Lawrence’s and Bowel Cancer Australia thanking you, but millions of people.


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A few women walked in Adelaide on to raise money in the making a difference campaign for World Cancer Day. The aim was to raise funds to support those with bowel cancer and most importantly raise awareness, especially for younger people.

My daughter Gemma who is only 38, is well known to all walkers and she has been living with bowel cancer for almost three years now and continues daily to fight this disease.

She is committed to raising awareness and does this through her Instagram and wrote a book by the same name. We all admire the way she perseveres and fights and supports other fighters. The walkers varied in ages, but all committed to this cause. We joined Gemma’s team to raise awareness in young people and close the gap. 


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I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2021 with two tumours removed from my bowel. Unfortunately, it had spread to my liver and lungs, so I had 12 rounds of chemotherapy that helped with my liver but not with my lungs. I’ve had 5 further rounds but sadly the chemo wasn’t strong enough to blast the cancer so I am about to embark on a more intense chemo regime to give the cancer in my lungs the strong message that it is not welcome!

It won’t be easy and may mean the loss of my beautiful hair but it’s my ticket to good or better health and overall, it’s a small price to pay.

World Cancer Day, and the 5K Challenge, is about closing the gap and inequities in cancer care across all types of cancer. For bowel cancer in particular, it is the deadliest cancer for those aged 25-44 and bowel cancer patients have experienced some of the longest wait times for access to new treatments and also don’t receive the same level of support as those with other common cancers.

This needs to change, and we still have a long way to go.


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I decided to do 5k steps across a few days to raise awareness for bowel cancer and encourage donations to Bowel Cancer Australia. Since being diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer at 38 years old, I had my tumour removed including cancerous lymph nodes and am now undergoing 6 months of chemotherapy. 

I am still trying to walk longer distances so opted for 5k steps which in itself was a challenge for me given I average only 1500-2000 steps a day. I did some walking at home, at the beach and park with my kids and shared my progress on social media.

I was inspired to participate in the World Cancer Day 5K Challenge to: promote bowel cancer awareness in younger people; close the gap in inequities in cancer research funding; address the limited affordable treatment options being listed on the PBS; and advocate for Federal government funding specifically for Bowel Care Nurses.

I am passionate about supporting Bowel Cancer Australia because they do a lot of advocacy in the space. They offer great support which I have used myself such as the Bowel Care Nutritionist, the Facebook group, online webinars and a great community of young people sharing stories and providing inspiration.

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“On the 14th of January 2020, I lost my best friend, father of my children, husband and idol to bowel cancer. Tony was 40 years old when he was diagnosed. Fit and full of life and love for flying, his family and friends. We never expected that what we thought to be food poisoning, or Crohn’s Disease, could actually end up being the other “C” word. Cancer. Stage 4 bowel cancer. Three years on and it’s still so hard to imagine this journey gets any easier.

‘Tee off for T’ is held in November of each year since his passing in honour of Tony and to raise awareness of this cruel disease and funds for Bowel Cancer Australia. Sadly, you are never too young! We hope that increased awareness may prevent other families suffering the heartache we continue to feel and that all funds raised, can ensure Bowel Cancer Australia continue the vital work they do.

The event has become such an important part of our families’ journey in so many ways. Primarily, honouring Tony and remembering what an amazing man he was and also contributing to a cause much bigger than ourselves and our family. That is preventing other families feeling heartache and loss at the hand of this cruel disease. We are so proud of what this event has become. We are proud of what we have raised and contributed to Bowel Cancer Australia and proud that on this day, we take a moment to remember who is missing from our lives and remind Tony’s family that no matter what time passes, he will never be forgotten.

The success of this event, a reminder to Tony’s two kids Lyla and Beau, just how special dad was to a community of people, some of whom they will not have even met. He made his mark, and now we will make sure it lives on.” Sally and the Hosken Family.


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“I chose Bowel Cancer Australia as the beneficiary for my Facebook Birthday Fundraiser in memory of my dad who passed away in July 2022. If I can help one family get the early treatment they need, then I know I’m making a difference!

I hope these much-needed funds continue to spread awareness, help families and research into this life changing disease.

My dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer that had spread to his liver by the time they found it. My dad had regular screenings and health checks with no known family history. He went to the doctor with no sign or symptoms of bowel cancer - six weeks later he went back to the doctor with a stomach pain and they found Stage 4 bowel cancer that had already spread to his liver and ultimately his stomach.

We were shocked and confused as there was nothing. Then six weeks later it was an aggressive cancer that ultimately took his life. I hope that with money raised that I can help make a difference and bring awareness about this awful disease.

I will not let this cancer own my dad and others that have passed before him. I hope with this money raised and funds continuing to being raised that we can rid bowel cancer and its nastiness!” ~ Steph.
 

If you were inspired by Steph's fundraising efforts and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a Facebook Fundraiser in celebration of your birthday further details are available here 
 

“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.

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. We had collection boxes and an online donation page for everyone to contribute. In total we raised $2,576. 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.” ~ Kylie.


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“Overall, it was a hugely successful event last year, it was beautiful to see the entire community come out and support such a great cause. I had so many people come and talk to me about their own family bowel cancer stories, and they were very thankful for the event we had put on.
 
Our daily bowel cancer facts also sparked a lot of conversation around bowel cancer which is exactly what we wanted it to do! I have a background in bowel and pancreatic cancer research, so I definitely understand the importance of eliminating the stigma surrounding the disease.
 
We set out to raise $2,000 and we far exceeded that thanks to the generosity of the community as well as the local businesses that got involved.
 
It was also beautiful to see all the love and support for the Kwan family, who were the reason we put this on in the first place.” ~ Ashleigh

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“Bowel cancer is very important to my family and to me. Like so many other families in Australia, we have had to deal with the loss of family members due to bowel cancer.

In May of 2016, my uncle (also my godfather) passed away due to bowel cancer at the age of 68. My family was heartbroken to first hear the news, then to go through it all with him.

From this, bowel cancer awareness and prevention has always been important to me. I do it to honour his life and story, and to make a change in the community.” ~ John.


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“In September 2021 we lost our brother Matt to bowel cancer. Matt was diagnosed in June 2021 and died three months later, just after his 39th birthday.

Always ready to help whoever needed a hand and always keen for a game of footy or weekend hunting, he led a very active lifestyle. Hearing Matt’s sudden diagnosis and prognosis was devastating to us all, especially Matt who still felt he had so much life left to live.

We are fundraising to try and make a change to this and raise awareness, so other families don’t have to go through what Matt and our family went through.

We will be riding on Honda CT10 postie bikes from Wilsons prom to Cape York and back, and have chosen postie bikes and this particular route, as both will be extremely challenging, particularly together in the proposed amount of time.

We wanted something hard, that tested our physical and mental strength and endurance.

Something to best represent the mental and physical challenges that Matt was faced with in his battle.

Matt was the strongest person we’ve ever known, he fought right up until the end and we want to represent that as best we can in this ride.” ~ David & Mark.

A very big thank you to David and Mark for spreading much needed awareness and raising over $17,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia whilst honouring Matt.


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“4th December 2015 a call that changed our lives forever, the shaky voice of my sister and best friend on the other end with the heart-breaking news.

‘I have Stage 4 bowel cancer, it has spread to my lungs and liver, its terminal, I love you.’

Angela Mary Hodge my amazingly strong, loving and ever thoughtful sister fought this disease with courage and determination. Not just for extra time with her husband, young son and close family and friends but also for her patients she cared for as a midwife and registered nurse. Ange had so much knowledge and love to give on a limited timeline.

She made sure everyone was ‘ok’ while she was hooked up to chemo and being buzzed with radiation knowing that it was us who will be left heart broken. She had personalised timber boxes made for all of us with handwritten letters, mementos, and gifts to cherish.

August 16th 2017 at the youthful age of 32 our Ange grew her wings in the peace and comfort of our family home. Holding hands and silently sobbing, a part of us was taken that day too.

We treated our time together as a precious gift, ticking off her bucket list and seeing that smile and hearing her infectious laugh. We created memories for her husband Kevin, young son Cooper, my children, my parents, my wife and I. Kevin and Cooper travelled Australia promoting bowel cancer awareness for young mothers and still are now ticking off her bucket list.

She wanted to never be forgotten and she never will, this year we will celebrate her 37th birthday with cake and champagne, laughter, and games.

Over the years I have fundraised for Bowel Cancer Australia but this year I took part in Dry July and City2Surf which Ange had asked me to do for her. I raised over $6,000 this year so far in hopes that awareness, prevention, and cure is available to those in need, so our story isn’t others story too.” ~ Aaron.


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"I completed my 8km river run on the 5th of June, 2022. I was definitely full of emotions on the day as this run meant so much to me.

I wanted to get across that finish line and do what I said I would do in support of bowel cancer patients and families, especially for my beautiful husband that had been diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer last year.

The heartbreaking news had hit me hard it and was the last thing we were expecting to hear considering my husband was only 34, young and healthy.

I wanted to do something to help and to raise awareness of young onset bowel cancer, if I could help at least one other person to know the symptoms and the importance of getting checked out, that was the least I could do.

I reached my $500 target in a few hours of posting my event, I ended up raising over $1,500.

I can’t thank those who donated enough for the support and help raise awareness about bowel cancer and the importance of early detection.

Please remember you are never to young and early detection is the key." ~ Mandy

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"In 2016, I had decided to grow my hair out , just to see how I would look and it was becoming trendy. I had always had the intention of cutting my hair off and donating it to make it into a wig.

After 6 years of growing my hair, it was finally time for it to be cut off.

My mum passed away from breast cancer when I was a kid, and she had to wear a wig, so I thought it would be nice to help out.

My grandfather passed away from bowel cancer, but that was before I was born, so I guess I still do have a connection with it. I selected to raise money for bowel cancer as I thought breast cancer already gets a lot of attention and donations compared to bowel cancer." ~ Kieran

A huge thank you to Kieran for raising over $7,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia in memory your mum.

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“In June 2021, we got close to hosting a morning tea at Tamara's (Tom) friend’s house. Unfortunately due to one of the many lockdowns in Victoria the event was cancelled about 3 days before it was due.

Many of her family and friends kindly donated and also bought raffle tickets for some great prizes that were on offer (also provided by a network of caring friends).

Whilst our beautiful Tom passed away just over 4 months ago, her family were inspired to finish off the delayed event and contribute to Tom’s choice for donation of Bowel Cancer Australia. We held an evening at our friend’s house where about 35 of Tom’s family and friends got together for an evening to raise money in Tom’s honour.

All of us there plus the many that couldn’t make the night because of travel, other commitments and Covid, celebrated her, held a raffle, awarded some great prizes and raised $4,040 in her honour for Bowel Cancer Australia.

The evening ran with such a good spirit and vibe and everyone there was so happy to contribute to a cause that Tom supported. I know that she would be so proud that a night in her honour could raise in excess of $4,000.” ~ Darren (Tamara’s husband).


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On Friday 20th May we came together at Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club for our Never2Young Charity Golf Day in Memory of Glyn Trueman.

We had a full course for golf and a full house for lunch. It was a day Glyn would’ve loved. 

The weather on the day turned out to be excellent with no rain and little wind. After breakfast 96 excited golfers headed off to their tees for a shotgun start at 8.00.

The best Ambrose score of the day was 52.5 by team Bluegum (Brett Kellerman, Brendan Krone, Bryce Kellerman, Travis Kellerman). Runners Up were team Build the Man a Statue (Michael McClean, Brodie Symons, Aidan Wheeler, Jack Benbow).

Other prize winners included: nearest to the Pin - Brad McDonald, 7th hole.
Men's Longest Drive - Jack Benbow. Women's Longest Drive - Judy Schubert.
Best Dressed - team Build the Man a Statue (in custom polos for the event).

A highlight of the day was on the 3rd hole which was a par 5 where Jayde Herrick scored an Albatross.

Thank you to Peninsula Kingswood for hosting the day and giving us access to one of Australia’s best courses. ~ The Trueman Family.

In February 2021 Glyn Trueman, much-loved brother, dad, husband and son died at age 31 following a 3.5-year journey with bowel cancer. In honour of Glyn, the Trueman family hosted a Golf Day to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia's Never2Young campaign.

96 golfers played the course and 151 people were in attendance for lunch. With both a live and silent auction the day raised in total $32,537.

A very big thank you to The Trueman Family for hosting an incredible event and to everyone who supposed the event and helped to spread much needed awareness.

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“We lost our colleague, Marcus Champion, to bowel cancer in 2018 at the age of 35. Marcus was a much-loved PE teacher at Carnegie Primary School.

He brought the best out in everyone; his friends, his students, his personal training group, his colleagues, his wife, his two young daughters and pretty much anyone who had the privilege of spending time with him.

On Saturday mornings he would run his Elwood Park Run on his own, usually 5 or 10km, before taking his PT group. In 2019 we started Champs' Elwood Parkrun. A 5km run along the beach to celebrate his life and birthday, while raising money for Bowel Cancer Australia. His birthday is on ANZAC Day and we run this event in the afternoon of the 24th.

In the inaugural event in 2019 we raised $4,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia. Unfortunately, our 2020 event didn't go ahead due to COVID. In 2021 we were back and raised $7,609.

This year we had 171 registered runners and raised another $7,297 for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Our course record was smashed by a whopping 1 min and 16 seconds, with David Hickox running an astonishing 17:30 for the 5km.

Champs was a big fan of having 'arms out moments', a time to stop, reflect, put your arms out wide and enjoy the special moments in life. So we make sure we take an 'arms out moment' photo at the completion of every event.” ~ Josh.

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Jessica Kidd is a TV, radio and online journalist for ABC News in Sydney. Jessica has worked at the national broadcaster for 13 years, including as a NSW state political reporter and crime reporter. She has previously worked for the ABC's flagship radio current affairs programs; AM, PM and The World Today.
 

“17 years ago, my mum wrestled with bowel cancer. Our family witnessed firsthand the devastating toll on her as well as my father and all of us her children.

My mum, Alice showed tremendous courage and faith to deal with it while reassuring her love and care for us – this fundraiser is a token effort in memory of Alice.

I’m sure she would be hopeful this can help with the alarming statistics of too many people will be needing to deal with this aggressive type of cancer and prevent it for others.

Thanks for all of Bowel Cancer Australia’s work and support in this fundraiser.” ~ Peter

A very big thank you to Peter for raising over $1,800 for Bowel Cancer Australia in memory his mum, Alice.

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Following their mum’s bowel cancer diagnosis, Sasha and Jordan decided to complete a run to fundraise for Bowel Cancer Australia to help the charity support the growing number of Australians affected by the disease and to spread awareness.

On 11th December, 2021, with the help of some family and friends, Jordan ran 21.1km and Sasha ran 10km, in honour of their mum Tamara (Tom). Together with their family and friends they raised over $11,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Raising funds for Bowel Cancer Australia is a cause dear to the family as Tom recently passed away from metastatic colorectal cancer after battling for over 18 months.


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"Too young to understand, my fondest memories shared with my uncle were those when he stayed at our house in his sickest moments. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy robbed him of lucious locks and energy to last the day, amongst many other cruel side effects, but it could never rob him of all his energy, to which he used his last ounces of to kick the footy with me in the back yard or imitate Glen McGrath as he bowled to me. We shared a bond with sport which was unbreakable, leaving a mark on my life which no words can do justice.

Sadly, although his 100% devotion to recovery, he lost his battle in 2006. Being a mad Sydney Swans supporter, I am still convinced the bloods pulled one out of the hat with the 2005 premiership, the happiest I’d ever seen him.

In 2018 cancer returned to our lives, this time being my father who was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Being the first day of year 12 for me, it’s amazing how quickly your priorities can flip when faced with cancer and you begin to fully appreciate those around you. He successfully defeated cancers first crack at dad and was in remission for 13 months. But cancer is relentlessly evil and returned as Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer in late 2019.

Dads’ strength shone through, making his fight look tireless and done with ease, to the point those closest around him took for granted and somewhat got complacent with the challenge at hand that cancer posed. In late 2021, we discovered his treatment is no longer proving effective in stabilising his condition and his cancer was sadly spreading further.

After experiencing first-hand the devastating impact this illness has, and watching him endure many gruelling rounds of chemo, I, along with my closest friends, hoped to do something small to help him and many others around Australia in the same position! We decided to run the Melbourne half marathon, initially with the goal to raise $1500.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the traction the fundraiser would receive and the support that would flood in from all walks of life.

We smashed our goal and were able to raise $13,694.25. This is an amount I know will go a long way in aiding research and helping the thousands of Australians each year who battle this disease.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story." ~ Marcel.

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“’You have bowel cancer.’ Four words I didn’t expect to hear at the age of 38. Those words instantly crippled me with anxiety, fear and sadness as I began a scary and unknown journey.

Thankfully, after many scans, ultrasounds, two major operations including a bowel resection, followed by months of bowel recovery, a year later I can happily say I am fully recovered, moving forward and living a healthy and normal life. My cancer was found early - I am one of the lucky ones.

I'm sharing this to raise awareness that you’re #never2young for bowel cancer and when found early is highly curable. Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer and is increasingly growing in younger people.

Thank you to my awesome brother Pat for pacing me, to my amazing friend / cousin / nutritionist Em for running alongside me, to my boys who ran and rode with me for the last few kms to the finish line, and to all who donated and showed me love and support, now and over the last year.” ~ Amelia.

Thanks to her amazing efforts, Amelia raised more than $8,500 for Bowel Cancer Australia.

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“I’m 40, married with three kids. I’m 96kg, 180cm tall and can count on one hand how many times I have been to a doctor. On November 12 2021, after noticing a lump on my neck, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer.

Cancer was never on my radar; I have minimal family history and have luckily been healthy all of my life. A cancer diagnosis was a huge shock for me and my family. 12 November is a day I won’t forget, life changed forever,” says young-onset bowel cancer patient Shaun.

“Since being diagnosed I have learnt two critical things about bowel cancer. One is that bowel cancer can get anyone. Young or old, it doesn’t matter. I have been shocked at how many other young, otherwise heathy people have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. It can touch any family.

I have also learnt of the rapid improvements in treatment over the past 10 years. To put in bluntly my chances of cure 10 years ago would have been slim and my outlook very uncertain. Whilst there are still no guarantees new drugs and treatment methods have given me a good chance of remission or at the very least many more years with my family. That’s why fundraising is so important.

Research from fundraising has made a big difference in improving treatments to date and will make sure the 15,000 people diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, plus the 100’s of thousands already with cancer, have more time with their loved ones, better quality of life and the best chance of beating the big C,” Shaun adds.

Helping to spread the word that young people can be diagnosed with bowel cancer too, Shaun’s sister-in-law Leisha, family and friends have been doing a wonderful job fundraising more than $3,700 through Facebook in support of Bowel Cancer Australia since his diagnosis. With a chocolate fundraiser also ongoing.

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Veteran journalist, Mark Stevens was diagnosed with bowel Cancer in 2021, aged 50 after experiencing symptoms.
 

In memory of her dad, Katie chose to cut her lockdown locks to raise funds and awareness for Bowel Cancer Australia.
 
"In late February this year, my beautiful dad Paul, was admitted to hospital. He was told by the oncologist that he had 3-6 months to live. We lost him five days later to an aggressive form of bowel cancer. 
 

"Nick Blight was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2020, a couple of months after his son Riley's first birthday. Sadly, after a brave 8-month battle, Nick passed away in May 2021 just days after his 35th birthday.

That’s when the Old Scotch Cricket Association stepped in. 

"In September 2021 I ran 10km in the Blackmores Sydney (Virtual) Running Festival to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia, in memory of my Dad, Tony.  

Dad was one of the fittest people I knew, he loved to run, and I did this for him!  

“Everyone has shown me and my family so much love and support, we wanted to give back in some small way.” ~ Jessie.
 
Diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer just over one month ago at the age of 35, Jessie Disalvo has been generously designing hats to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia.
 

Raising funds and awareness for Bowel Cancer Australia in memory of his father, Jamie chose to grow a beard and organised an event in his hometown of Whyalla.

Nyree, our daughter, was a fun loving and happy person who loved dressing up, especially for the children where she worked at Kaurna Plains Children's Centre.

Better That makes shopping better by giving back to good causes with every purchase and the best part is you get to choose who – including Bowel Cancer Australia!

Former Australian Golfer and now media personality Mark Allen wants to use his profile to help Bowel Cancer Australia raise awareness for Australia’s second deadliest cancer.
 

Helping ‘grow and develop’ Bowel Cancer Australia to it now being recognised as ‘The Voice’ in Australia in respect of bowel cancer, was identified by Penny Morris AM FAICD FAIA as one of the most rewarding aspects of being on the Bowel Cancer Australia Board.

Love Your Warrior is very excited to be supporting women with bowel cancer by fundraising for Bowel Cancer Australia's Kick Ass campaign, by donating $5 from any purchase of Paisley Luxe Seatbelt Pillows or Paisley Stylish Surgical Drain Bags to the charity.

It is amazing what best friends can achieve when they work together.

Following his diagnosis with Stage IV bowel cancer three years ago at age 32, Darren and his loved ones have passionately shared their story and experiences to raise much needed awareness that you are never too young to have bowel cancer and funds for Bowel Cancer Australia.

“A little over a year ago, my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Although the news was devastating to hear, the strength, optimism, courage and determination of this person to continue the fight against cancer which I've witnessed has been inspiring to say the least,” said passionate Bowel Cancer Australia supporter Patrick.

Following his mum’s bowel cancer diagnosis, Patrick wanted to make a difference and support Bowel Cancer Australia.

Anton Enus is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his career at the South African national broadcaster SABC, as a radio news reporter, and then moved on to become a parliamentary reporter, current affairs producer, TV news reporter and TV presenter, often anchoring the morning news show Good Morning South Africa.

“Starting a conversation about bowel cancer can be difficult,” said Amy Delugar, who lost her nana Valarie to the disease in October 2018.

Bowel Cancer Australia’s hair-raising fundraiser – Decembhair - encourages you to get hairy while raising awareness and funds to help beat bowel cancer.

John Eussen has used his long-standing and highly respected career in the design and lifestyle industry as a platform to help people not only improve their homes and personal brands, but also to improve their health.

John was only 14 when his mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer, the same disease that claimed the lives of his grandfather and both his grandfather’s brothers.

Diagnosed with ovarian and bowel cancer in 2018, Belinda has been focused on making every moment count with her children ever since.
 
The 50 year old single mum has two beautiful children, Jake 21 and Maddie 9 years old.
 

During the month of August two Directors at Harcourts Property Centre reinvented the concept of Shave for a Cure with their own initiative ‘Hairgust’.

Sam Devlin and Aaron Brooks committed to wearing professional wigs every day for the whole month, with the aim to raise $10,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia and Pancare.

Following his diagnosis in 2017, Brett took up running to help clear his mind and keep strong and fit.

Brett was due to participate in Run Melbourne this year, but due to COVID-19 the event was cancelled. So, he decided to complete his own virtual run, raising over $3,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Alison turned 50 this year and to celebrate she has set herself the challenge of running 50 kilometres solo at the Surf Coast Century Ultramarathon in Victoria to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia.

“I lost my Dad to bowel cancer in 2004 aged 66, we were living in the UK at the time but ironically when we were told the news we were on a long holiday travelling around Australia.”

Australian sports presenter and entrepreneur, Erin Molan joined the Bowel Cancer Australia team as an Ambassador after her sister was diagnosed with the disease.
 
While a cancer diagnosis sends most people reeling, for Erin, the news that her sister was battling a disease more common in older people made it even more of a shock.
 

Ian Thatcher brings extensive professional experience as a global financial advisor to his role as a Director on the Bowel Cancer Research Foundation Australia Board.

A passionate believer in team-based pioneering to deliver breakthroughs, Ian found himself attracted to the charity’s commitment to leading-edge bowel cancer discoveries that have an everlasting impact on Australian health.

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.

In what has become an annual event in loving memory of her brother Kenneth, Margaret has taken part in the Bowral Classic cycle since the inaugural event took place in October 2016, and has supported Bowel Cancer Australia on each occasion.

Losing her father, Graham, to bowel cancer at the age of 54, Lara Worthington has been a passionate supporter of Bowel Cancer Australia ever since.

Helping to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for this largely treatable and beatable disease.

One of the Grande dames of theatre, film and television Miriam Margolyes has taken on yet another challenging role as an Ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia.

The British-born actress, who became an Australian citizen last year, continues to enjoy a varied and celebrated career since her first adventures in repertory theatre some 50 years ago.

Bowel Cancer Australia is incredibly lucky to have the ongoing support of Australian-owned beauty company, VIXIN.

“Supporting Bowel Cancer Australia and Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an absolute must, but also an honour for my family and VIXIN,” says CEO and Founder Charmaine Maree Fay.

Respected Accredited Sports Dietitian, presenter, educator and author Julie Meek, has been passionate about raising bowel cancer awareness ever since her father was diagnosed with the disease.