08 January 2015
The Aish family will swap their traditional footy shorts for undies this January in the third, annual People’s Choice Undies Run for Bowel Cancer.
Led by Michael and Andrew Aish, the family of SA football fame will include Michael’s children and family members who will all take part in running 1.7kms to raise awareness of bowel cancer through Cancer Council SA.
The team named the ‘Hooley Dooley’s’ are running in support of Michael and Andrew’s sister Susan Hooley who has fought bowel cancer for five years.
“It was a no brainer for us,” Michael said.
“It is very close to our hearts, something fun and something we can do to show Susan that we are all behind her.
Michael who suffered prostate cancer in 2013, encourages people to get over the awkwardness and get involved.
“We all have a personal connection with cancer and this is a way we can bring attention to this disease.
“I’m not sure how I’ll go in the tight outfits these days but I’ll give it a go!”
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson believes that cancer can be beaten and is encouraging more people to sign up and unite in the fight.
“Our work is only possible with the help of our generous supporters. We need your support.”
She encourages people to talk openly with their family and friends about bowel cancer and to see their doctor straight away if they have any concerns.
“23 South Australian’s are diagnosed with bowel cancer every week,” Professor Wilson says.
“In many cases, bowel cancer displays no symptoms, so people’s best line of defence is maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular bowel cancer screening over the age of 50.”
Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for more information about bowel cancer or bowel cancer screening, or make a time to talk to your GP about the best course of action for you.
The People’s Choice Undies Run for bowel cancer will be held on Sunday, 18 January 2015 at 5pm in the cities east end (Rymill Park).
For cancer information and support, speak to a Cancer Council nurse on 13 11 20.