A LOCAL family who participated in a charity walk for bowel cancer in memory of their late father is calling for the age of screening for the disease to be lowered.
PJ Logue passed away in March this year after being diagnosed with the disease in 2015.
Recently members of the Logue family, PJ’s wife Kathleen and their three children Ciarán, Conor and Emma took part in the sponsored walk, which saw over 200 people come together to show their support for people affected by bowel cancer.
For the Logues this was their first charity event in aid of bowel cancer.
Speaking on behalf of his family Ciarán said they were delighted to take part.
“This was a wonderful event for us to take part in,” he said.
“We haven’t done anything like this before and it was great so see so many people come together and raise awareness and money for bowel cancer research.
“My father was only 49 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Currently in Northern Ireland the screening age for bowel cancer is 60 and this needs to change. If dad had been diagnosed sooner he may still be with us today.”
Describing his father as a kind and quiet man Ciarán added, “Bowel cancer is something that people don’t feel comfortable talking about.
“Before dad’s diagnoses we as a family had no experience of bowel cancer. Events like this sponsored walk help shed light on bowel cancer and hopefully it will encourage more people to open up and talk about it.”
The event which was organised by Strabane woman Deirdre Campbell raised £5,000 for Bowel Cancer UK and Deirdre described the event as “an amazing success.”
“It was wonderful to see so many people turn out for our sponsored walk including Altnagelvin consultant Mr Gidwani, special Olympic star Nuala Browne and staff from Strabane’s health centre.
“The atmosphere on the day was electric and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who took part in the event and to all those who made a donation.”
Deirdre added, “I hope that by raising awareness and money for bowel cancer through this event, lives will be saved.”