One week after her 26th birthday, Natalie Reynolds was diagnosed with stage two bowel cancer. She was a mother to 15 month old Isobel and the diagnosis took her and her partner Pete Strong by total surprise.

Natalie is a strong believer that the lack of conversation in New Zealand around normal bowel habits is a massive contributor to the 1200 deaths we see each year from this disease. Once she recovered her health, after a two year battle, she swore to make it her mission to get New Zealanders talking about their poo. Natalie believes it is not only important to have a national screening program but also for there to be complete transparency between family members on genetic disorders that can increase the chances of someone developing bowel cancer and also for GP’s to have a more open mind in regards to this deadly disease affecting anyone, no matter their age.

In 2016 Natalie dedicated her time to creating two events for bowel cancer awareness month to not only get people talking about New Zealand’s most common cancer but to also raise funds for BCNZ. With the help of her friends and family she managed to raise a massive $10,743, with all funds going directly to the charity. She is very excited about her future working with the team at BCNZ and turning such a devastating event into something positive.