Since switching his hometown in sunny Queensland to Tasmania’s rugged surroundings, Miles Gray – a full-time physiotherapist and travel photographer – has created a lifestyle dedicated to documenting his endless passion for health, fitness, the great outdoors.
It was in this capacity that Miles first met his friend Felicity Walker, one of the staff members at his physiotherapy practice.
“A little over 2 years ago a good friend of mine, Felicity, who was barely older than me, was diagnosed with gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer.” says Miles “It is the most common form of cancer with 24,600 Australians diagnosed with GI cancer every year and 33 dying each day. That’s one person every 45 minutes.”
The five-year survival rate for GI cancer still remains below 50% and as such a focused and determined effort is needed to improve the outcomes for those diagnosed. They’re grim statistics but the GI Cancer Institute’s new cutting edge research is making progress through developing better and more targeted treatments.
Felicity’s diagnosis was so unexpected in a young, vibrant, health conscious person, that this prompted Miles to start thinking about how he could use his social media following to do something in support of her battle.
“Felicity is sadly no longer here in person, but I promised her that when I started my hair journey, it was to fundraise for GI cancer research in my own way. The time has finally come to chop my locks and turn them into a wig!”
His hair journey is now coming to an end, with the goal of donating enough for a wig, whilst also raising funds, and awareness for this common but under publicised form of cancer.
“With the public’s help, more clinical trials can be undertaken to provide more hope to those Australians diagnosed with gastro-intestinal cancers each year, and their families.”
All funds raised by Miles will provide better treatments for people living with GI cancer, through clinical trials and vital research undertaken here in Australia by the GI Cancer Institute.
You can support Miles Gray in his efforts by donating via https://give.everydayhero.com/au/milesgray