Bowel cancer survivor and young Australian Army Captain Hugo Toovey will lead the Jodi Lee Foundation Queensland Trek on 24 and 25 August. With bowel cancer the second most common cancer in Australia, The Jodi Lee Foundation is urging people to register and take part in the trek to raise funds, awareness and help eliminate bowel cancer.

Hugo was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 25 and is passionate about advocating for early detection and debunking the belief that bowel cancer only affects people over the age of 50. He believes that being proactive and aware of your body at a young age will set you up for success later in life, and wishes to spread this message around Australia. “I am passionate in raising awareness to make young men and women realise they are not invincible,” Hugo said. “I am so proud to be a Youth Ambassador for the Jodi Lee Foundation and am excited to lead passionate trekkers on the Queensland Trek.”

The Jodi Lee Foundation CEO Kathryn Quintel said the trek aims to raise funds and awareness for bowel cancer. “The JLF Trek is a challenging event, and we are thrilled to bring it to Queensland for the very first time. The trekkers will begin the two-day 84 kilometer hike on Saturday 24 August at Lake Manchester and will conclude the following day. For those participating in the 42 kilometer hike, hikers will walk from Mount Glorious to The Gap, and can choose whether to walk on Saturday or Sunday.

The JLF Trek concludes with a celebration at the finish line including food, drink and music. Community members are invited to partake in the trek and can register here.

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