The Jodi Lee Foundation and Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer are hosting An Evening with Ita Buttrose AO OBE to raise vital funds for bowel cancer research, awareness and prevention.

One of Australia’s biggest health advocates and media personalities, Ms Buttrose took on the role of Patron of the Jodi Lee Foundation in 2018, after losing her brother and a close friend to bowel cancer. Her mission is to convince all Australians that the subject of their bowel movements should not be avoided. The Jodi Lee Foundation was established in honour of Jodi Lee, who lost her battle with bowel cancer at age 41. She and husband Nick Lee were having the time of their life, living in Vietnam with their two children when, completely out of the blue, Jodie started experiencing abdominal pain. The next day, she was flown to Bangkok for emergency surgery, after scans revealed she had bowel cancer. Tragically, the following year, she died from the disease.

 The experience inspired Mr Lee to set up the Jodi Lee Foundation in her honour, to raise awareness of bowel cancer and encourage more people to undergo bowel cancer screening. “Bowel cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for people aged between 25 and 29,” Mr Lee said. “I thought, if I can just convince as many people to be screened as possible, I might be able to reduce the impact of bowel cancer.” “The aim of the foundation is to eliminate bowel cancer.”

 JLF Ita Buttrose Headshot

Jodi Lee Foundation Patron, Ms Buttrose said Jodi’s story highlighted the wide-reaching impact of the disease. “Jodi’s moving story demonstrates that bowel cancer is not just an older person’s disease, as commonly thought,” Ms Buttrose said.

 “I’d like to encourage people to educate themselves about the risk factors for bowel cancer and trust their instincts. Hosting this special dinner will help raise awareness of this devastating disease.”

The dinner will be held on Saturday 25 May at the Kooyong Tennis Club.

Tickets for An Evening with Ita Buttrose are available for individuals or tables of 10: