'Roughly 4,000 Australians die from bowel cancer each year. I'm raising money for The Jodi Lee Foundation and all that they do to raise awareness and prevent bowel cancer. I’d love your support for running the ‘City to Bay’ half marathon in Adelaide on 15 Sept - a first for me and there’s not much time left to train!
Why? Because my mum is being treated for bowel cancer at the moment.
This news caught me and the rest of my family wildly off guard - complicated by the fact Mum had just got a new job in Tasmania - and it had a massive emotional affect on me. She had a big operation in January and has just finished 6 months of chemo, then there’s another operation at the end of September. Hopefully then everything will be finished.
It’s been a hard year but it's great that the free national screening test picked something up soon enough to be able to fix it and she’s going to be OK. Another reason for choosing this charity is that Nick Lee, who set up The JLF charity 9 years ago in memory of his wife Jodi who died of bowel cancer when she was just 41, is an old scholar of my school and he’s come and given talks like he does with lots of schools and companies.
This is something I am really passionate about. If you are able to make a donation of any size, that would be fantastic. The more funds for the JLF, the more they can do to raise awareness and prevent bowel cancer. More people doing the test will mean more people being treated early and successfully. So please also spread the word by sharing my fundraising page as widely as possible. Whilst it may not seem like the greatest year for our family, we count ourselves as very lucky - all thanks to a free test.
Thank you in advance for your support, it means a lot and will definitely keep me motivated me when I am getting tired during the run!'
|sara neville||$88||Outstanding effort Luke...donation on behalf of the boarding students.|
|Rachael Hill||$40||Well done Luke! You are awesome!!!!!|
|Fiona Macfadyen||$40||From the Macfadyens|
|Anonymous||$75||Love from Jo, Simon, Ben and George|
|Gilly Greaves||$30||Absolute admiration for your efforts and dedication. Well done!! With much love from Gilly, Georgina & Hannah xxx|
|Saints||$50||An amazing effort! Congratulations on your fundraising and fabulous time. You are an inspiration Luke! The Spibys|
|Julia Richards||$50||Luke we know you have run this today and we are so impressed with how you've supported your amazing mum and your family. Well done you! From all the Richards|
|Anonymous||$100||Good luck Luke!|
|Anthea Bowler||$20||Well done Luke. Enjoy the run on Sunday. Your mum must be very proud of you.|
|Family Crawford||$40||Best of luck, Luke! You are great inspiration for all boys in the boarding house.|
|Simon Robertson||$50||Good luck Luke from The Robbos xxx|
|Anonymous||$120||Good Luck with the run Lad, you are an inspiration to many.|
|Marcus Tremellen||$125||Run hard bromigo|
|M R Colsey||$50||Hi Luke, Really pleased to have the opportunity to support you (and your mum) and JLF. Every step you take on Sunday is a step forward in addressing bowel cancer. Well done. MRC|
|Chris Lienert||$40||Awesome effort Luke. Good luck with the run.|
|Cate Behenna||$50||Good luck Luke and well done on raising money for such a worthy cause! Cate|
|Anonymous||$50||Go Luke ! But take it easy and enjoy the run! It's a wonderful thing you're doing for your mum and to help other people, and we're very proud of you. Love from grandma and grandpa xx|
|Anonymous||$15||I think this is a great thing you're doing. I knew Jodi and even though I was only young when she passed away I will always remember how she inspired and loved those in her life. I know it's only $15 but that's literally all I've got in my account right now and when get payed I guarantee I will be donating more. Good luck and I hope your mum is doing well xxx|
|Jacqui Jenkins||$50||All the best Luke. Run hard|
|Robert POPE||$100||Amazing Effort Luke - sending huge support and love - the Popes UK|
|Anonymous||$500||Good luck Luke and I wish your mum a speedy recovery.|
|Sylvia Hillier||$50||Well done Luke! All the Best, have a great run! The Hillier Family|
|School & Allen House||$50||We are right behind you Luke! Ray, Ash, Maddie & Macie.|
|Kathy Pengelly||$40||Awesome Effort Luke, we are more than happy to donate to a cause very close to our hearts. Sending Lots of Love xx|
|Liz Campbell||$100||Good lucknLuke!|