Bowel Cancer affects more and more people every year, but the truth is that it’s easy to screen for and cure if caught early enough, all we need is awareness.
The Jodi Lee Foundation was created to promotes bowel cancer awareness, and founder Nick Lee spoke to Tim Brunero about their upcoming Little Black Dress Party.
Producers: Michael Roelink, Jordan Archer & Bill Walter
Well we don’t often blow our own trumpet here on Breakfast – but the other day we won a prize recognising a special interview.
You might remember a few weeks ago Nick Lee joined us in the studio. Nick lost his wife Jodi at 41. A few years ago they were living in Thailand and Jodi was getting some tummy pains. A visit to the doctor led to a diagnosis of bowel cancer. Only a short time later she was taken by the disease leaving Nick to look after their two small kids.
It was just heart wrenching stuff. Put yourself in his shoes – if your partner died so young what would you do? Retreat into your shell and never come out? Or start a foundation to let people know just how easy it is to protect yourself from bowel cancer?
The second option is the one Nick took – and he’s raised money since by running the New York Marathon and the gruelling Gobi March – a 250 km footrace across China’s Gobi desert.
It was a warm and touching interview.
And last weekend I flew to Sydney on behalf of the breakfast team to pick up a cheque for $1000 and a fantastic plaque from the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand.
So there you go – your breakfast show is an International Award Winner.
Even more reason to tune in every weekday at 6.30am!
(Here’s a link to the site so you can check out our award for yourself)
(Listen to the original interview here)
Imagine losing your partner at 41. What would you do? Would you retreat into your shell and never come out? Or would you strike out into the world determined to stop others suffering the same fate?
The second option is exactly what Nick Lee did when his wife, and mother to his 2 small children, Jodi, passed away from bowel cancer at the age of 41.
He started the Jodi Lee Foundation which aims to raise awareness about bowel cancer. Not only about how more and more people are getting it, but also how easy it is to screen for and to cure.
Nick spoke to Tim Brunero about the Foundation and its aims.