In August 2016, Sophia’s Aunty Helen was diagnosed with inoperable Pancreatic Cancer.
With a 7% survival rate, it’s one of the deadliest cancers around but she is battling with her head held high.
While Helen is stepping up and fighting her cancer, we’re going to step up beside her and run a Gutsy 200km for cancer research.
Unfortunately, Helen’s case is all too common - by the time most pancreatic cancers are symptomatic it is too late for curative treatments. The same can be said for other cancers of the digestive system. We will be raising money for the GI Cancer Institute, which aim to save, extend and provided better quality-of-life for people with GI cancers.
GI cancer refers to the group of cancers that affect the digestive system, including the pancreas, bowel, oesophagus, gall bladder, liver and stomach. It is the most common form of cancer: 24,600 Australians are diagnosed with GI cancer every year and 33 die each day. We find those figures hard to swallow! With your donation we can help to change the statistics and save lives.
For people with advanced GI cancer, where a cure is not possible, GI Cancer trials aim to extend and improve the quality of their lives and the lives of future patients. By conducting research in Australia, people with GI cancer can access new treatments 3-5 years earlier than if research was conducted overseas. For the family and friends of people suffering with GI cancer, this extra time with loved ones is priceless.
We would also like to honour other family members and loved ones who have sadly lost their battle with GI Cancers: Na Jom (stomach cancer) and Betty Barber (bowel cancer).
Our Gutsy Challenge: running 200km between 1 Feb- 8 April 2017, finishing with the 10km leg of the Canberra Running Festival.
Please support our mission to improve the lives of people suffering GI Cancer by clicking the ‘Give Now’ button or sharing the page with friends and family.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Sophia Hamblin Wang and Nik Wansbrough