Thank you to all our Let's Beat Bowel Cancer Ambassadors for helping us to spread the word and raise awareness of bowel cancer and the importance of bowel cancer screening.
We very much appreciate your giving of your time, expertise and profile to encourage more Australians to screen for bowel cancer and helping us in our mission to beat bowel cancer!
John "Fitzy" Fitzgerald OAM
Fitzy is a former professional Australian tennis player. During his career, he won 6 top-level singles titles and 30 tour doubles titles, including 7 Grand Slam doubles titles, and a career men's doubles Grand Slam (winning all four titles-the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open). He reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1991. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 25 in 1988. He was a member of the Australian team which won the Davis Cup in 1986, and also captained the Australian Davis Cup Team from 2001 to 2010.
Fitzy is a long-time supporter and Ambassador for Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer and is committed to promoting the message that screening for bowel cancer does save lives.
"A bowel screen test is not something to be afraid of. It’s a simple and easy test, you can do at home. It’s only a takes a few minutes, every 1 to 2 years. It’s not embarrassing at all. Be smart. Be organised. I’m always talking to my son about time management and getting your life in order and this is no different. Just do it!"
Read our Q&A with Fitzy here.
Geoff "Coxy" Cox
Host of Coxy’s Big Break, Channel 7 and bowel cancer survivor.
An Australian musician and media personality, Geoff ‘Coxy’ Cox is a big bloke with a big personality, always up for a bit of a laugh. Coxy is also a bowel cancer survivor – recently celebrating five years “all clear” of the disease. A long-time advocate for bowel cancer awareness, Coxy is happy to throw his support behind Let's Beat Bowel Cancer.
“I urge people to do a home bowel screening test and see their doctor if they have any symptoms or have a family history of bowel cancer or polyps. It might be the best decision you ever make too…”
Read Coxy's story here.
Daryl Somers OAM
Australian television personality
Triple award-winning Gold Logie recipient Daryl Somers is best known as an Australian television personality and musician. Daryl rose to national fame as the host of the long-running comedy-variety television program Hey Hey It's Saturday.
Daryl is a long-time supporter for bowel cancer awareness, with a history of bowel cancer in his family. Daryl urges Australians to get behind Let's Beat Bowel Cancer.
“I encourage anyone who has a family history like me to speak to their doctor about the right bowel screening test for them and to make sure they get screened.”
Read our Q&A with Daryl here.
Dr Sally Cockburn
GP and health advocate
Dr Sally Cockburn has 30 years’ clinical experience, currently working in suburban Melbourne. She is sometimes better known as Dr Feelgood, through her 20 year media career. Sally is passionate about patient and community health issues and is active in health policy and education at many levels. Sally champions sensitive issues and demystifies medicine in the public arena. Sally is an Ambassador for Lets Beat Bowel Cancer and a recipient of the 2010 Colorectal Surgical Society of A&NZ Media Award for an episode of her program Talking Health (Melbourne radio 3AW) on bowel cancer prevention.
Lawyer, wife, mother and bowel cancer survivor
Melissa hopes that by sharing her own story, people will become more aware of bowel cancer, realise it is not necessarily an ‘old person’s disease’ and that it can affect anyone at any time.
“I wish I had known more about this insidious disease, and especially how important it is to know your family history, as you are at so much greater risk if anyone in your immediate family has had bowel cancer before the age of 50."
Read Melissa's story here.
Grandmother, author and bowel cancer survivor
Liz also hopes that by sharing her own journey that people will become more aware of bowel cancer, and the importance of screening to detect the early signs of bowel cancer.
“I was an energetic and healthy 69 year old, loving our busy life, travelling, doing volunteer work and minding our grandchildren. I did a home bowel screening test and suddenly I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. I had no obvious symptoms."
Read Liz's story here.
Patron - Let's Beat Bowel Cancer Golf Classic
Peter Thomson AO, CBE
Peter Thomson is an Australian professional golfer. He is best remembered for his five wins in The British Open Championship and is a long time supporter of Let's Beat Bowel Cancer, and Patron of the annual Golf Classic since it's inception in 2005.