Cancer survivor helps at launch of hairy fundraiser

Colin Campbell PNL-150928-105720001
Colin Campbell PNL-150928-105720001

A Hemel Hempstead cancer survivor featured at the launch of a national cancer charity campaign last week.

Beating Bowel Cancer’s Decembeard fundraising Decembeard campaign asks men to stop shaving and go grizzly for December to raise funds to support those affected by bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Colin Campbell, aged 39, featured in the Me, My Beard and Why photographic exhibition, which was unveiled at the launch of the 2015 campaign in London on Thursday.

The special exhibition by award-winning street photographer GarconJon tells the story of menwho have been affected by bowel cancer and are supporting the campaign.

Colin, who owns Campbell Grab Services, was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in August last year, at the age of 39. After initially being told he would have to have liver surgery as the cancer had spread, he responded well to chemo and radiotherapy so this wasn’t necessary, and has now been given the all clear.

More than 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year. If caught early, more than 90 per cent of cases can be treated successfully.

Colin said: “It was an awful time. I was worried all the time. It’s very unpleasant and so you really need a lot of support from family and friends, as well as from charities like Beating Bowel Cancer.”

Colin was the top fundraiser for last year’s Decembeard campaign, raising £11,952.

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