From January 3rd-9th 2016 I will be rowing the George Bass Surf boat Marathon which covers 200km as a part of the the Broulee Caps Crew. The race is my 'Gutsy Challenge' to raise funds for the GI Cancer Institute.
Two years ago I rowed this race, which is the longest surf race in the world, after one of my biggest supporters, my dad Greg, had passed away only a couple of months earlier from stomach Cancer, having only been diagnosed 4 months from diagnosis. To say this was one of the toughest challenges I had faced is an understatement as I was working through both the physical and mental aspects of this 7 day race and in very thick grief from the loss of my dad.
But thanks to the support of my crew, my family and close friends we got there and boy did we race hard to get to the end.
GI cancer kills over 12,000 Australians each year and only just over half survive over 5 years after diagnosis. The GI Cancer Institute aims to raise awareness about digestive cancers, and raise funds for world-leading clinical trials to improve treatments. Treatment for GI cancer depends on the type of cancer, the stage of its development, and other health factors. Treatment commonly includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The best way to improve these treatments is through clinical trials and to do these they need money.
Today I can honestly say work everyday to help people live healthier lives. As a dietitian, personal trainer, health blogger and Program Coordinator for the Physical Activity Foundation, I am acutely aware of how important both prevention and cure are and have seen the impacts that just a few changes can make on long term health outcomes. I am dedicated to the plight of better health for everyone who wants or needs it because I know all too well that life is too short not to be air punching at least a few days of the week.
So this is my Gutsy Challenge. Please help me raise awareness and funds for this very important cause by donating. Thank you in advance, to raise money for this cause means more than just a little bit to me.