Share Your Story With Bowel Cancer UK
Thu 27th October 2022
The Foundation and Bowel Cancer UK are encouraging fans who have been affected by bowel cancer, either personally or via a family member, to come forward and share their story to create a special ‘stories’ section on Bowel Cancer UK’s website.
The Foundation recently announced Bowel Cancer UK as our National Charity Partner for this season and has pledged to raise £25,000 for the charity over the course of the season, as well as spreading important messages about bowel cancer signs, symptoms and screening to football fans and the wider public.
Rangers Women’s midfielder Sam Kerr helped the Foundation launch the partnership and urged fans to get involved:
“Sharing stories saves lives. When people talk about their experiences it helps others learn what to look for, and what to do, and breaks down the taboos surrounding difficult subjects.”
“I would urge the Rangers Family to come forward to shine a light on bowel cancer and use their stories to help others.
“If anyone reading this has been affected by bowel cancer, they can share their story with Bowel Cancer UK HERE and maybe even help the Foundation communicate important messages to other fans, which could save lives.”
Rangers fan and bowel cancer survivor Iain Kerr also attended the launch of the partnership. Iain was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and has been a Rangers fan since he saw his first game at Ibrox in 1959.
“I’m so pleased to see Rangers, my club, and Bowel Cancer UK, a charity close to my heart, coming together to tackle such an important issue.”
“I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 after completing a bowel cancer screening test. A few months later I had surgery to remove the tumour and a colostomy, and I’ve been cancer free since then.
“Being told that I have cancer left me speechless. I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to go through what I did and that’s why I’m sharing my story.
“I hope other fans and supporters of the club will come forward with their stories too and together we can raise awareness of what to look out for and encourage people to seek help from their GP.”
The money the Foundation has pledged to raise for the partnership will help Bowel Cancer UK to fund a Senior Services Officer in Scotland to deliver the following vital services in Scotland:
- providing information and support to people with bowel cancer
- running campaigns to raise awareness of symptoms
- supporting in-person support groups
- helping GPs and other health professionals to diagnose and treat people with bowel cancer earlier
- researching the reasons people in Scotland find it hard to access health services and try to help overcome those.