GUT X: Through the ages

On average, one Nova Scotian dies every day from colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is over 90 per cent treatable, if detected at an early stage. 

This event started with a group of friends wanting to celebrate the lives of fathers lost to colorectal cancer. Spending a day outside hiking and skiing at Ski Wentworth, raising a toast together  it felt like a fitting way to honour their memory. The buzz afterwards was all about one subject: “what are we doing next year?” 

And so, Get Up There was born. One day, one hill, 200 eager participants. Hiking up and skiing down Ski Wentworth as many times as possible, with one common goal; to prevent this silent killer. 

For the last 10 years, we have raised over $300,000 net to support the awareness for the fight against colorectal cancer, the purchase of a transanal endoscopic microsurgery set (equipment)  to aid early detection  and funded the promotion of screening kits that were sent to every Nova Scotian over the age of 50. 

But it’s still not enough.

This year, GUT X participants will not only climb a mountain but help move them by bringing colorectal brachytherapy – a leading and non-invasive treatment technology – to the QEII Health Sciences Centre. By establishing this program, we are improving outcomes for Nova Scotians facing a colorectal cancer diagnosis. 

Be a part of something extraordinary and help us make GUT X a year to remember!