"Now, nearly 14 years on, I look back and think how grateful I am for all those who supported me throughout such a harrowing time of my life. I’m lucky in that I had the perfect support network, but I know that not everyone is that lucky. And that’s where organisations like Cancer Council play such a vital role."
When Graeme experienced sudden chest pain one night after reading the nightly Channel Seven News back in 2004, he was rushed to the hospital. Several tests later—deemed just a precaution—he was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer.
“There are few more sobering moments in your life than when you are told you have a malignant tumour in your body. A level 3 cancer. Although my wife Eve was sitting there beside me I had never felt more alone in my life—this was to be as much a battle of the mind as the body. Everything said after that was delivered through a fog—I heard it all but understood little… Going home to tell my kids, who were 20, 17 and 13 at the time, was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.”
Graeme was fortunate that his treatment and recovery was over in 12 months, and he has since become a passionate bowel cancer advocate.
He now joins the ranks of Cancer Council’s Undies Run 2019 to raise funds for research and spread the message even further—that the 10-minute bowel cancer screening test saves lives.
“Nobody should have to suffer through cancer, but it’s all too common in modern society. You might think stripping down to your Undies is just a bit of fun—but it’s so much more.”
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“I’m really proud of what I’ve overcome, and I think that my story is a great legacy for anyone who experiences what I’ve been through and thinks they can’t have a normal life, not just in policing but in any role, sport or job.”
In September 2015 Dimitri Sarris was just 27-years old when he was diagnosed with aggressive, stage 3 bowel cancer.
What followed was a barrage of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and eventually a colostomy, which saved Dimitri’s life. Now, nearly four years on, Dimitri is proud to say that his life is getting back to normal.
“This year’s event will be taking part in front of 40,000 people which is an amazing opportunity to spread awareness and raise funds. To have the Strikers involved and supporting the event is really special. I can’t wait!"
Dimitri’s message to others is simple. Come down, have fun and do something silly, all while remembering that the event underscores a serious issue. "The event is important as it puts a positive and funny approach to what is perceived as a taboo topic - Bowel cancer."
“My message for others is to sign up and take part in a great event that supports an even greater cause. When do you get the chance to run around in your undies and have a great time, while also raising money and helping people impacted by cancer in their treatment and recovery?”
Dimitri will join 200 dedicated fundraisers at Cancer Council’s Undies Run, held just minutes before the opening delivery of the Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes BBL match om Monday, 21 January.
Georgette and Phillipa Radford
"Hopefully the money we raise will ensure that fewer families have to experience watching a family member go through bowel cancer in the future.” - Phillippa.
Sisters Phillippa and Georgette Radford will be joining 200 passionate South Australians this January to bare it all and knock bowel cancer for six.
“We both took part in the event in 2017 when it was held as a part of the Santos Tour Down Under and raised over $2,000. It was a great experience!”
This year the event will be even more special for the sisters, with their mum re-diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year.
“We are so fortunate to have such a strong mum and dad, a supportive family and so many friends and family around us to help us through the experience,” - Georgette Radford
The sisters are hoping that the money they raise will go towards bowel cancer research, and ultimately ensure that not one has to go through a cancer journey like their mum.
“Through research we will be able to understand more about bowel cancer and improve detection, treatment and outcomes." Phillippa Radford.
Join these incredible sisters at Cancer Council's Undies Run and help them knock bowel cancer for six!