LOVE Island stars have posed in “gutsy” t-shirts to bust taboos around bowel cancer.
Last year’s winners Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde have teamed up with fellow contestants Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland for the “I’ve Got Guts” campaign.
The “gutsy” influencers are hoping to bust taboos and shine a light on the courage of poeple living with the disease for Bowel Cancer Awareness month.
Cara, Nathan, Alex and Olivia are joined by Made in Chelsea’s Nicola Hughes, Dan Edgar, Dr Ranj, Nate James and Amber Dowding.
Bowel & Cancer Research, the charity behind the campaign has released a range of witty t-shirts in a bid to raise awareness.
Tops are available for sale from £19 online atwww.teemill.co.uk
A donation of £5 will be made from each sale to help fund the charity’s cutting edge research into bowel cancer, IBD, IBS and other bowel problems.
The t-shirt comes in sizes S, M and L. If you’d like to support but can’t buy a t-shirt, you can text GUTS17 to 70070 to donate up to £10.
The charity says: “Bowel & Cancer Research supports the best research across the UK into bowel cancer and other bowel diseases, by funding the brightest ideas and best talent.
“Its pioneering and inclusive approach places it in a unique position to understand the impact of these diseases on individuals and their families, friends and colleagues.”
Dr Ranj commented: “I’ve Got Guts” shines a light on the courage with which so many people deal on a daily basis with their bowel disease, and the impact that it has on their lives and those of their nearest and dearest.
“Despite the serious impact of bowel disease, it receives about half the research funding that its impact merits, perhaps because bottoms, bowels and their function are one of the very last taboos, and keeping it hidden may be an important reason why.”
Bowel & Cancer Research supporter Tanya Cohen added: “I have suffered with bowel disease since I was about 12 following glandular fever. Eventually my symptoms became so severe that it took control of my daily life, and hospital admissions and procedures became the norm.
“After years of being diagnosed with a functional gut disorder, I have now been diagnosed with IBD. I have chosen to support the I’ve Got Guts campaign as it aims to put a stop to the poo taboo!
“We all have guts, so why are we so embarrassed to discuss what happens behind closed doors? Removing the stigma which comes with bowel disease, we hope to encourage individuals who suffer in silence to get checked, and in certain cases, this could be a life saver.”
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