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Support Kangaroo Island winemaker Nick ‘Duggie’ Dugmore’s battle with bowel cancer

Nick Dugmore is battling Stage 3 bowel cancer, and funds are being raised to help support him and his young family.

In the vibrant landscape of the Australian wine industry, numerous individuals stand out for their passion and dedication. Among these, Nick ‘Duggie’ Dugmore, with his committed and charismatic personality, shines brightly as one of the best.

Recently, though, word has been spreading throughout the grapevines and into the hearts of the wine-loving community: Nick has been diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer.

The challenging journey ahead, expected to span the next twelve months or so, will include stages of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, possibly followed by surgery. By his side offering unwavering support are his loving wife Rebecca, and their two children, Finley and Flora.

Nick is the much-loved winemaker of Kangaroo Island’s Stoke Wines, a highly successful winery which was the ‘Vigneron’ trophy winner at the prestigious 2023 Young Gun of Wine Awards. He has many doctor and hospital visits ahead, and is currently unable to do the work at his vineyard while he fights the big fight.

So, some of his friends have started a GoFundMe to help support him so he can focus on his health and family, raising funds for the vineyard operations to take the vineyard off his hands during this time to help lighten the load for Nick and his father.

The funds will go towards hiring out contractors to take care of tasks such as fungicide spraying, wire lifting, irrigation repairs and maintenance, shoot thinning, tucking, trimming and netting during the upcoming growing season, plus the regular winery work and March/April 2024 vintage.

Nick is sharing his story by writing a ‘Cancer Blog’ on his website, and he is encouraging everyone to get checked for bowel cancer. You can also read his ‘Stories from the Chemo Chair,’ where he is writing stories while he undertakes his chemotherapy- his first being about the day he met tennis champion Roger Federer.

Nick was diagnosed with a Stage 3 adenocarcinoma on the 17th of August. In his first cancer blog, Nick says he “did not expect this to happen” to him and after learning the news he had a 5cm bowel cancer, said “I even thought about what I would say to the kids as we said goodbye.”

Nick says looking back, it’s weird to think that things he was doing, he was unaware he was doing them with cancer. Since his diagnosis, he has received an outpouring of support, including from those in the cancer community, wine community, and from other people around him.

Throughout October, Astronoma is donating $10.00 from every case of ‘The Stoke’ purchased directly to the GoFundMe.

Donate to Nick’s GoFundMe here. Read his Cancer Blog and Stories from the Chemo Chair here. Visit the Stoke Wines website to learn more about the winery.

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