Jessica’s family history with the disease – it claimed her Nana’s life – together with her personal values of healthy living drew her to the Foundation.
“I want to support the Foundation’s mission to eliminate bowel cancer after seeing the devastating effect on my Nana’s death had on my own family. It has made me very conscious about being proactive with my health,” Jessica said.
“I first learnt about The Jodi Lee Foundation during a training run when I noticed a group of men being photographed in black tutus. It turned out they were representing The Jodi Lee Foundation in the New York Marathon. The black tutu is the Foundation’s key symbol worn by runners to attract attention.
“I called Nick (Lee) a couple weeks later to find out more about the Foundation and see if I could get involved and was thrilled when Nick suggested I become an ambassador.
“Family history of bowel cancer is one of the key factors when assessing your risk, and I’m keen to help spread this message to help educate the wider community,” she said.
The Jodi Lee Foundation’s Founder and CEO, Nick Lee said Jessica would help the Foundation raise awareness by connecting with a much broader demographic.
“Jessica’s family experience with bowel cancer and her attitude to managing her own health made her an ideal role model to help promote out messages around early detection,” he said.
“The appointment also reflects Jodi’s love of running and several of The Jodie Lee Foundation’s awareness and fundraising events are fitness based, so I felt there was a natural synergy between Jessica and our cause.”
Jessica grew up in Naracoorte, south east of Adelaide, where her passion for athletics first began. Since then she turned heads both nationally and internationally, participating in multiple marathons and representing Australia at both the Commonwealth Games and London Olympics.
For more information on The Jodi Lee Foundation, visit www.jodileefoundation.org.au/