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  • In the running to beat cancer

    15 January 2014

    A group of city tax accountants will leave their calculators behind when they tackle the People’s Choice Undies Run for Bowel Cancer this month.

    Trent Cucchiarelli, Ian Baldwin, Robbie McKenzie, Candice Roberts and Alessia Masson are taking part in the 2km fun run, which raises awareness of bowel cancer through Cancer Council SA.

    The group, who work for Origin Energy, form the team Tax in Daks. The Origin Foundation will match fundraising by fellow Origin employees dollar for dollar.

    “We all thought it was a good cause to support,” team captain Candice says.

    “The aim is to break down the perception that talking about bowel cancer or doing a bowel cancer screening test is embarrassing.

    “It’s not – but running around the city in our undies might be.”

    And for some members of the group, who range in age from their late-20s to mid-30s, there is also a personal reason to run.

    “My grandma passed away from bowel cancer and my dad is at a high risk for the disease,” Trent says.

    “Because we’re taking part in the Undies Run, we’re finding out more about bowel cancer and starting to have conversations with our families about the disease.”

    Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson is encouraging more people to sign up to run in the People’s Choice Undies Run for Bowel Cancer.

    “At Cancer Council SA, we believe that together we will beat cancer,” Professor Wilson says.

    “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.

    “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 Helpline 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, January 19 at 5pm on the Santos Tour Down Under People’s Choice city circuit.

    For more information, or to register, visit undiesrun.com.au

    For cancer information and support, speak to a Cancer Council nurse on 13 11 20.

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