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UPPORTING OUR CLIENTS FOR
Ray's running for Lockie
GAWLER'S Ray Cockshell is ready
to lace up his runners for next week-
end's People's Choice Undies Run
for Bowel Cancer event.
It will be the sixth consecutive year
the 68-year-old has tackled the run,
which raises funds for, and awareness
of, the disease that affects around 1200
South Australians every year.
Mr Cockshell will race alongside his
team 'Lockie's Sphincter Sprinters',
which is named after his son-in-law,
Lockie, who sadly passed away from
the disease in late 2014 at 25 years old.
"The lad made that much of an im-
pression, I just thought 'dammit, I am
going to keep doing this'," Mr Cock-
I could, and, so, I am just keeping
myself to that.
"I started training back in early De-
cember, predominantly walking with a
mate who lives just up the road, who I
used to play footy with; he is a bit of a
Lockie's sister, Annie Macdonald,
who will participate alongside Ray
this weekend, said it was "wonderful"
the team was still out there running the
event in his honour.
"It is really special that people still
honour him in that way, it means a lot,
and helps us as a family with our grief
to know people are still remembering
him and thinking of him all the time,"
"We went through a lot of pain, and
it was really tough to watch someone
you love go through that, so it is great
to have these events to raise awareness
and raise money in support of research
to prevent other families from going
through what we had to.
"I am going to keep doing it until I
can no longer walk, or run, anymore, I
will always be there for Lockie."
Mr Cockshell said he is already
well over halfway to his annual $1000
target, using social media and email,
proving that anyone can get out there
and help raise a few dollars for the im-
"It takes teams of people years and
years to get anywhere (to find a cure)
and that's not cheap," he said.
"It requires more and more funding
and dedicated people and clever peo-
For more information about the
event, or to donate to Lockie's Sphinc-
ter Sprinters, visit undiesrun.com.au
Gawler's Ray Cockshell is lining up for his sixth consecutive Undies Run.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Nicole spreads message of awareness
"IT'S about knowing your body
and pushing for answers un-
til you get them, because this
is not something we wanted to
face together, especially at her
Those are the words of Hewett's
Nicole Rowe, who will participate
in this Sunday's People's Choice
Undies Run for Bowel Cancer in
the name of her 35-year-old sister,
Rachel, who is currently undergoing
treatment for stage four bowel can-
Mrs Rowe said she made the de-
cision to participate in the bowel
cancer fundraiser and awareness run
with her team 'Running for Rach' to
tell others how important it is to lis-
ten to your body.
"My sister was diagnosed with
bowel cancer in April 2017, but, re-
alistically, we don't know how long
she has had it for," she said.
"She was dealing with Irritable
Bowel Syndrome (before being di-
agnosed) and had been dealing with
that for over a year.
"She did what they told her to
do, cut out foods, everything, but
nothing seemed to help and...
still she knew in herself that
there was something that was not
"Finally, it took a GP to do a CT
scan to bring it up, because she had
already had colonoscopies, ultra-
sounds, but nothing showed up in
The Cancer Council's fig-
ures show that one in 25 South
Australians will develop bow-
el cancer before the age of
75.These statistics were alarming to
Mrs Rowe, who said she had never
realised just how common the dis-
ease was until her sister received her
"It can affect anybody, you do not
have to be old, or over 50, or have
similar symptoms, and hers is not
hereditary," Mrs Rowe said.
"She has got two little twin
boys who are three, she's a young
mum with a whole life ahead
"It is definitely not an old per-
son's disease, and you should know
your body, and keep pushing for an-
In addition to raising funds and
awareness, the Undies Run is
also a huge personal achievement
for Mrs Rowe, who has lost al-
most 30 kilograms since January
"I probably could have done it last
year, but it wouldn't have been as
achievable and I wouldn't have been
putting myself out there as much,"
"I have been really involved in
lots of fun runs over the past year,
but this is a really important one for
me to do."
Already, the Running for Rach
team has raised over half its $2500
goal -- to donate, visit undiesrun.
Rowe (left) is
Sunday for her
It can aﬀect
anybody, you do not
have to be old, or over 50, or
have similar symptoms, and
hers is not hereditary.
- NICOLE ROWE
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