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Supporting The GI Cancer Institute in The Aconcagua Gutsy Challenge
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As a medical oncologist, I have seen first-hand how medical research and clinical trials provide better treatments for patients with gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer. In 2017/2018, I will climb Aconcagua, in Argentina, one of the seven summits. At 6,960 metres, it will be cold and it will be hard, but it will be nothing compared to what GI cancer patients go through. I am doing this climb for my patients and to change these statistics: The five year survival rate for GI cancer is just 49%. Every 45 minutes, an Australian dies because of GI cancer. Before I go, I'm raising vital funds for GI cancer clinical trials. Please help me to get to the top by donating today. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your support. Matt

About The Aconcagua Gutsy Challenge

In 2017-2018, a team of intrepid adventurers will climb one of the seven summits, Aconcagua, in Argentina.

Aconcagua (Ah-kon-CAR-gwa) is the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas, rising 1,000m above its neighbours and is visible from the Pacific coast 100 kilometres away. This will be a challenging climb of 6,962 metres which will test our gutsy climbers physically and mentally. As one of the Seven Summits - Mt Aconcagua is a formidable challenge and roughly only 50% of climbers reach the summit. The weather is known to change at any moment and the strong winds are particularly harsh. This combined with the altitude factor will really test our Gutsy team on their journey to the top!

The team are raising funds to support innovative and vital research into gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer, to provide better treatments for people living with GI cancer. Our ultimate aim is to make GI cancer a disease of the past.

GI cancer affects the oesophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bowel. Over 24,000 Australians are diagnosed every year and 33 Australians die every day. That's one person every 45 minutes.

The five-year survival rate is just 49% and we want to lift it!

Please join us in reaching the top - donate to support the team today.

About my cause: The GI Cancer Institute

The GI Cancer Institute saves lives by funding gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer clinical trials research in Australia.

Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancers include the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and bowel. GI Cancers are the most common form of cancer, directly affecting more than 24,000 Australians each year and claiming a devastating 33 lives a day.

The research that we fund enables Australians with GI cancer to receive the best medical treatment. By conducting research in Australia, our cancer patients receive new treatments three to five years earlier than if the research was to take place overseas.

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