A friend’s personal battle with cancer has inspired Kurri Kurri’s Kristy Harris to take part in Dry July for the first time this year.
As the name implies, participants of Dry July can't drink alcohol for the month, and the purpose of the campaign is to raise funds for cancer support organisations across Australia (including Cancer Council NSW) to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing.
Kristy and her best friend of 20 years, Amanda Barrass, were set to take on the challenge together, after Amanda went through breast cancer two years ago.
But sadly, Amanda was recently re-diagnosed with stage four bone cancer and so she has had to pull out of the challenge in order to concentrate on her treatment.
However, in support of her friend and others battling cancer, Kristy decided to go it alone and continue to participate in the fundraiser.
"Taking part in Dry July is the tiny way that I feel like I can help Amanda," Kristy said.
"Even though it might not help her own situation, Amanda is keen to encourage others to be aware of their health."
Kristy has already raised $700 towards her goal of $1000. She said everyone has been very supportive, with some people even donating money anonymously.
Kristy believes Dry July has a lot of benefits, as it is a great way to get people thinking about their health, while also raising money for a good cause.
"If we can encourage one more woman to check her breasts, then I will be happy," she said.
Kristy has a young family and said that while she usually only drinks socially, she might struggle not to have a glass of wine when she goes on a date night with her husband or out to social events.
However, she feels the challenge is worth it and says she would definitely do it again.
“I’m not a big drinker, and a month without alcohol is nothing compared to what people with cancer go through," Kristy said.
"There’s not a whole lot I can do, but this is my way of doing something."
To make a donation, go to dryjuly.com/users/kristy-harris.
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