In late autumn 2022, a team of 18 Gutsy trekkers set out on a 4-day adventure in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in South Australia to raise funds in support of gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer research.
The team, led by Professor Tim Price, was made up of a wonderful group of medical oncologists, nurses and family members of GI cancer patients.
It was a cold few days and nights, but our trekkers braved the weather to support better treatment options for GI cancer patients. They were also rewarded with beautiful scenery, starry skies, and the tranquillity of the desert.
Gutsy trekker and medical oncologist Dr Amitesh Roy sums up what he most enjoyed about the trek:
“The rugged, ancient, and incredibly beautiful terrain,” he says.
“It was amazing to be in the company of such dedicated colleagues and to see their commitment to raise funds for research.”
Joining her second Gutsy Challenge was Lisa North. Lisa also took part in the 2021 Mt Kosciuszko Challenge with her husband Steven. Sadly, in January 2022, Steven lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. This time she was joined by her two daughters to trek in memory of Steven.
“It’s been a tough 12 months but I feel very refreshed after returning from the Flinders Rangers,” says Lisa.
“Raising money for research is the only way we can contribute to making a difference.”
The aim of the GI Cancer Institute Gutsy Challenges is to raise funds for the Innovation Grant, which supports new research into GI cancers. Without the support of the community and the dedication of our fundraisers, we would not be able to provide this vital research.
“GI cancers are lagging behind other cancers with no major breakthroughs of late – there is a need for new options for our patients,” says trek leader Prof Tim Price.
“All improvements we can make, however incremental, help treat our patients and improve the outcome for survivors. If I can help out, and in such a fun and positive way, I am glad to,” says first-time Gutsy Challenge trekker, Dr Amy Shorthouse.
We are so grateful to our trekkers and donors for raising over $62,000! Only through new clinical trials research can we help improve outcomes and quality of life for GI cancer patients.