In two-weeks, Dr Amy Shorthouse will leaving her home in Canberra to trek for four days along the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Her goal is to raise vital funds for GI cancer research, which could improve the care she offers her own patients.
Dr Shorthouse will be joined on her Flinders Ranges Gutsy Challenge by her good friend, Catherine Trevaskis.
“When I first heard of the Gutsy Challenges, I was super excited as they combine my love of the outdoors and a great cause. However, it has taken me a couple years to commit to one. But when my friend Catherine suggested this was the year I said ‘Yes!’,” says Dr Shorthouse.
“It has been fun preparing and I know we are going to have a great time while raising money for a cause which really supports my day-to-day work.”
Dr Shorthouse is committed to seeing change in the GI cancer space, so she can provide better treatment options for her patients now and into the future. All the funds she raises on her trek will support the GI Cancer Institute’s annual Innovation Grant, which funds breakthrough research into GI cancer treatments.
“GI cancer, although common, attracts less funding and attention than some other cancers.”
“Most of my patients are GI cancer patients, and for them, the cancer and the side effects of treatment can be devastating. All improvements we can make, however incremental, help treat patients and improve the outcome for survivors.”
Dr Shorthouse is most looking forward to making new friends and getting to know other people working in the GI cancer space while on her trek.
“If I can help, and in such a fun and positive way, I am glad to.”
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