Date Posted: March 14, 2017Reading time: 1 minute
They say when you really care about something you can move mountains. We care deeply about the prevention of colorectal cancer, but rather than move mountains, we have chosen to climb one – over, and over and over again. Get Up There is a public awareness movement, campaign and event to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in Nova Scotia.
You may be surprised to learn that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Nova Scotia, and the first among men. About 1,000 Nova Scotians are diagnosed with it every year and about 350 will die from it. That’s one Nova Scotian dying every day from a disease that is 90% curable if detected early enough. The key to early detection is screening. Nova Scotia has one of the best mass screening programs in the world but, sadly, only 30% of the screening kits sent out are returned. That’s where GUT comes in.
Every winter, teams from across the province hike or snowshoe to the top of Ski Wentworth and then hike or ski back down to help raise funds and awareness. On a beautiful blue-bird day last month, Get Up There hosted its ninth annual event. Sixteen teams with a total of 115 participants scaled the mountain raising more than $41,000. In partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, the funds raised are used to directly assist in promoting early screening efforts in Nova Scotia.
When Mark Gascoigne lost his father to colorectal cancer in 2009, he knew he needed to do something to help raise awareness for this insidious disease. Nearly a decade later, Get Up There has raised more than $340,000 in the fight against colorectal cancer. As we look toward our 10th anniversary in 2018, we need your help. We have $9,000 left to raise if we are going to reach our goal for 2017 before the end of March. Please join us in the fight and donate today!