May the Fourth Be With You!

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Gabrielle Ryan, is picking up a light sabre to support gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer research in Australia.

In August, Gabrielle will be trekking 83kms of the Larapinta Trial to raise awareness and funds for GI cancers. GI cancers include those of the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and bowel.

“GI cancers are the most common form of cancer, affecting 24,600 Australians each year and I thought it was time to bring attention to these cancers,” said Gabrielle. “With a five year survival rate of only 49% as compared to breast cancer at 90% and prostate cancer at 92%, it is time to raise community support for GI cancer.”

Gabrielle, who works for Coffs Harbour City Council, has set herself a challenge to raise $3,000 for GI cancer clinical trial research in Australia. She will be donning a Star Wars costume and when she reaches a set number of dollar amounts, you will see her undertaking several activities dressed as Darth Vader.

“I have never done anything like this before,” said Gabrielle “but I am really motivated to reach my $3,000 target. Both my family and close friends have been touched by GI cancers and anything I can do to help with finding treatments and a cure is worth it.”

If you live in Coffs Harbour, or are visiting, you may see Darth Vader delivering the mail, assisting customers in the Admin Building, or at other local locations on May the 4th. For a gold coin donation you can also have your photo with Darth Vader at the local Growers Markets between 12 – 1pm. You can help her to support medical research by donating at