Brett Morrison is doing everything he can to achieve more awareness for bowel cancer. His 32-year-old wife Sarah died from the disease just 10 months after being diagnosed, leaving a legacy of selflessness and positivity she shared with everyone she met.
Mr Morrison wants New Zealanders to recognise the symptoms of bowel cancer so they understand what to look out for and can give their GP all the information.
Initially diagnosed with anxiety symptoms, the cancer had spread to other parts of Mrs Morrison’s body before she was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
“It’s a lot of little signs that can lead to the bigger picture. Most of the population don’t know a lot about bowel cancer in New Zealand, it’s not really spoken about,” he said.
Most importantly Mr Morrison had a powerful story to share and was passionate about encouraging Kiwis to know the symptoms of bowel cancer.
Ultimately Mr Morrison wants a nationwide bowel cancer screening programme in New Zealand. He has been talking to MPs and is calculating the cost to the Government of putting a patient through chemotherapy treatment as well as the lost taxes for themselves and their partner or caregiver.