Survivor on men’s health mission

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In just a matter of two weeks, Albany’s Greg Wright, 70, will shave off his hair, beard and moustache in pursuit of a cancer-free future for others.

After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer just one year ago, Mr Wright would like to raise money for the Cancer Council and spread awareness of men’s health.

“Men, sometimes they think they’re 10 feet tall and bulletproof,” he said. “These things — even when you do the right thing — it’d still get you.”

Mr Wright has been having a regular colonoscopy check since he was 50 years old.

“I know a lot of men who avoid a colonoscopy check,” he said.

“I know it’s not pleasant, but we just have to get on with it.”

After his operation last year, Mr Wright now lives with a colonoscopy bag.

The surgeons diverted his intestine to a visible opening on his abdomen — the bag is now attached to the opening to collect waste products.

Mr Wright is glad to have his wife, who has been there for him throughout the whole process. “She’s been me rock, me angel,” he said.

Support Mr Wright’s cancer fundraising mission at https://www.doitforcancer.com.au/fundraisers/tidygregup.

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