Bottom Lines October 2018

Anita’s story with bowel cancer started when her Nana died from bowel cancer when she was a young girl. Anita’s mum was also diagnosed with bowel cancer when she was 12, thankfully her mum survived and has been cancer free ever since. Due to other history within Anita’s family, they were encouraged by the Familial GI Cancer Service team to get tested for the Lynch Syndrome MSH2 gene. As Anita was only 15, her mum fought for her to be tested at the same time as Anita’s older brother. She then found out that she was a carrier.

We update you with the National Bowel Screening program, with Hawkes Bay DHB joining the screening program this month.

We proudly introduce a new partner Plumbing World and Metrix and our new medical advisor.


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Bottom Lines August 2018

In February 2015 Karen was at the doctors with her daughter, on the way out, literally half way out the door, she mentioned that she had been suffering from quite (in reality very severe – think take your breath away) lower abdominal cramps.  Karen assumed they were all part of the wonderful menopause process. Karen soon found out that I had stage 4 bowel cancer that had metastasised to my liver and lung.

Meat Free week is back again this from the 24th – 30th of September.  Find out how you can sign up and take up the meat free week challenge, all while raising funds and awareness for bowel cancer.

We wrap up a successful Never Too Young campaign, and also acknowledge people who have been fundraising and raising awareness for Bowel Cancer New Zealand around the country.


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Bottom Lines June 2018

It is June Awareness Month, and we need your help to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of more than 100 New Zealanders each month, as well as raising much needed funds to continue our vital lifesaving work.

As part of the June Awareness Month,  you may have seen our campaign Never Too Young.  Every year, more than 300 people under 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer, nearly as many as the national road toll.  Unfortunately, younger patients are often diagnosed when it is too late for effective treatment. The problem? They can be considered too young, too healthy, too fit and remain undiagnosed for months or even years before presenting with advanced bowel cancer.

Also find out about our trek the Great Wall of China to raise funds for Bowel Cancer New Zealand.  The Hike for Health brings together supporters from various New Zealand and Australian health  organisations for an adventure trek to the Great Wall of China.

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Bottom Lines April 2018

The Southern DHB prepares to launch National Bowel Screening Program, so read all the updates you need if you live in that district.

We also have our Patient Story on John Glue, who at 67 was diagnosed with bowel cancer after the only symptom he had was some intermittent blood in his stools.  Thankfully his GP acted and arranged for a colonoscopy.

Fiona and Natalie have been walking the Central Otago Rail Trail over Easter time, after loosing their close friend Lisa in 2015 at aged only 30. So far they have raised over $5,200.00

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Bottom Lines February 2018

#Nevertooyoung  – Patient Story, Britt Chambers

Britt Chambers is 31 and found out in the middle of December 2017 that she has stage 4 bowel cancer. Unfortunately because of the length of time it has been left to grow it as spread to her lungs and is in lymph nodes around the body.

We also thank those who took part in Decembeard 2017 where we raised over $16,000!

There is still time totake part of our Patients Survey, As you will know, bowel cancer has a huge impact on many New Zealanders and their families. But until now, some key information has been missing that could make a difference for patients in the future – that is, information about the experiences of patients and their whānau/families, and their different pathways to a bowel cancer diagnosis.

The Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon is on again on the 12th of May 2018 and there are still some charity entries available to run in this iconic 1/2 Marathon.


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Bottom Lines December 2017

Grow a Beard, Raise Funds, and help us Beat Bowel Cancer –  Decembeard® is back for it’s fourth year.

Bowel Cancer is New Zealand’s second biggest cancer killer and around 1 in 20 New Zealand men will develop the disease in their lifetime. That’s why we’ve dedicated the month of December to raising much needed funds and awareness for bowel cancer in men. So time to ditch the razor, and grow some facial hair for the month of December.

We also have Stefan Corbett’s story, our Ambassador for the Wellington region  who was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer at 47 years old. The only symptoms he had was sporadic blood showing up in his poop and some constipation and cramps. Nothing really – or so he thought.

We invite you to take part of our Patients Survey, As you will know, bowel cancer has a huge impact on many New Zealanders and their families. But until now, some key information has been missing that could make a difference for patients in the future – that is, information about the experiences of patients and their whānau/families, and their different pathways to a bowel cancer diagnosis.


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Bottom Lines September 2017

Are you up for the challenge of going one week without meat to support New Zealanders affected by bowel cancer? We’ve already had a number of wonderful individuals join our Meat Free Week team and begin raising much-needed funds for the approximately 3,000 Kiwis diagnosed with bowel cancer each year.

Need a challenge this spring?  Join us in Auckland’s biggest, most iconic, colourful and cultural running celebration by becoming part of Team Bowel Cancer at this year’s ASB Auckland Marathon!

We also have Jewel Brown’s story who at the age of 30 was diagnosed with Stage 3 Bowel Cancer. Jewel’s doctors diagnosed her with IBS and she was prescribed with diarrhoea medication and told to go on a fodmap diet.

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Bottom Lines June 2017

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Auction off one thing you no longer need on Trade Me and help New Zealand get rid of its highest cancer statistic.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer deaths in the world. But if it’s caught early, in 75% of cases, it can be cured. Every successful bowel cancer charity auction you create will help fund early symptom education and awareness.  #BEATBOWELCANCER.

We also have Peter’s story and his decision to ask for his doctor to get tested for Bowel Cancer.  This resulted in Peter finding out that he had Bowel Cancer with no real symptoms.

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Bottom Lines April 2017

We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new website!  We hope you will find the new website easier to navigate around, find the information that you need as well answering any questions you may have.  A big thank you to Digital Art’s Network for generously donating their time in building this fabulous new website for us!

Also not long now until the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon on the 13th of May! So far we have fundraised nearly $21,000 with a goal of reaching $50,000 and have 49 people currently fundraising for us through the everydayhero website.

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Bottom Lines December 2016

In this newsletter… Beards aren’t just for hipsters, those with tattoos, men that ride motorbikes or people that are too lazy to shave. Anyone can help make real change happen. All you need to do is grow a beard (some chin stubble or bum fluff), and promote your facial hair to raise awareness and funds for New Zealand’s most common cancer.

We also extend a very fond farewell to a very special lady who will be greatly missed by all her BCNZ colleagues and friends.  Sue is standing down from the charity to enjoy some well deserved travel, rest and relaxation after very generously volunteering her time for the past six years…View newsletter

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Bottom Lines September 2016

One week after her 26th birthday, Natalie Reynolds was diagnosed with stage two bowel cancer. She was a mother to 15 month old Isobel and the diagnosis took her and her partner Pete Strong by total surprise.  Natalie is a strong believer that the lack of conversation in New Zealand around normal bowel habits is a massive contributor to the 1200 deaths we see each year from this disease.
Once she recovered her health, after a two year battle, she swore to make it her mission to get New Zealanders talking about their poo.  Natalie believes it is not only important to have a national screening program but also for there to be complete transparency between family members on genetic disorders that can increase the chances of someone developing bowel cancer and also for GP’s to have a more open mind in regards to this deadly disease affecting anyone, no matter their age.
In 2016 Natalie dedicated her time to creating two events for bowel cancer awareness month to not only get people talking about New Zealand’s most common cancer but to also raise funds for BCNZ. With the help of her friends and family she managed to raise a massive $10,743, with all funds going directly to the charity. She is very excited about her future working with the team at BCNZ and turning such a devastating event into something positive.

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Bottom Lines June 2016

Renowned New Zealand artists, including Dick Frizzell, Flox, Shane Hansen, Reuben Paterson and Boh Runga, are helping to raise awareness of New Zealand’s most common cancer during Bowel Cancer Awareness month in June.

By applying their substantial talents to the humble chair, each artist has created unique and individual works of art to symbolise the diverse range of New Zealanders affected by bowel cancer. 

Artist and graphic designer, Shane Hansen says, “Bowel cancer has had a personal impact on my family and I am proud to support such a great cause. It’s staggering to think that so many Kiwis die each month from bowel cancer. We hope that the chair auction can help increase awareness and save more lives in New Zealand.”

The art chairs can be seen at artchairs.co.nz and will be auctioned on Trade Me from the 2nd – 12th June, to raise money and awareness for Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ).

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Bottom Lines February 2016

I am Andrew Ford a 48 year old father of three married to my first love, Dominique … and in April 2015, my world fell apart when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bowel Cancer. Two operations and 12 courses of FOLFOX chemo have followed, and I am thankfully on the recovery path and looking forward to 2016 (last chemo was two weeks ago – yay). So that addresses the clinical side of my treatment and recovery, but not the mental and emotional side.
Maintaining a determined and positive outlook has been central to my cancer journey, and by extension for my family. Very early, following my diagnosis I contacted Bowel Cancer NZ, and was invited to join the private online Patient and Family Support Group on Facebook. Through this group I have found friends and supporters who are following the same journey and facing up to the same fights.

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Bottom Lines December 2015

Decembeard™ aims to encourage men throughout New Zealand to raise much needed funds for Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ), whilst growing a beard through December. Not limiting it just to beard growers, this year BCNZ are calling on the already bearded to do something creative with their face fur and want the ladies to encourage and support them.
This year we have a wonderful new ambassador, Brett Morrison (above) who tragically lost his wife Sarah to bowel cancer at just 32 years old. Brett’s passion for the cause and his fantastic beard have made him the perfect fit for Decembeard NZ. Decembeard officially kicked off on Tuesday 1 December and runs until Thursday 31 December. To register to participate in Decembeard or to donate click HERE.

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Bottom Lines September 2015

Our wonderful executive members, Rachel Holdaway, Leonie Day, Alison Ellison and Sue Soper attended both the Rotorua and Christchurch GP Conferences.
They fielded many requests for awareness posters and pamphlets and the opportunity to win a pair of bum shorts by entering a quiz proved very popular. Feedback from GP’s regarding delays to access to colonoscopy was a common talking point.

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Bottom Lines June 2015

June is Awareness Month and this year we want to build real momentum by sharing with New Zealand some of the key facts around bowel cancer. Throughout June we will use radio, print and social media to build understanding and support within NZ.
As you will soon see, the symbols of this campaign will be a variety of empty chairs. These chairs will not only contain our messages but also remind us that bowel cancer affects New Zealanders from all walks of life and sees too many people leave their families and loved ones, too soon!

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Bottom Lines February 2015

Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) is very grateful for the efforts and enthusiasm towards our charity from the growing team members of the Round the Bays event to be held in Auckland on the 8th of March 2015. It’s not too late to donate or join up!

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Bottom Lines December 2014

Visit our new microsite to register and get involved. All you need to do is grow a beard (or some bum fluff), and promote your facial hair to raise awareness and funds for New Zealand’s cancer – bowel cancer.  Join the manly ranks growing a beard for Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa in Decembeard™!

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Bottom Lines August 2014

This is the second year that Team Running for Ruth has hit the streets of Wellington to run The Armstrong Motors Wellington Half Marathon. Last year it was just me, but this year 16 friends and family of Ruth’s braved the cold winter’s day to run/walk the 10km and half marathon.  Our courageous and gorgeous Ruth passed away in February aged 41, nearly two years after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. 

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Bottom Lines June 2014

To launch our many and varied activities during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this June Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa reported on government progress against Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa’s 2015 Call to Action, which set out 10 Key calls we asked to see achieved before 2015.

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