Originally called the Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute (GICI), the Gut Cancer Foundation (GCF) was founded in 2008 by Professor Michael Findlay, bowel cancer survivor Grant Baker, and pancreatic cancer survivor Paul Hargreaves. They, along with other medical experts and not-for-profit specialists, were inspired by Australia’s GI Cancer Institute, a similar not-for-profit that raises money for the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (The AGITG).
They were encouraged to establish a similar entity in New Zealand to fill the serious funding gap for clinical research. In addition to sharing the common goal of improving outcomes for gut cancers, Gut Cancer Foundation shares common Board members with the AGITG and maintains a close, strategic partnership with this very successful organisation today.
Since then, their commitment to kick-starting conversation, advocating for support, and funding critical research has been further supported by a network of generous donors, trusts, and corporate partners. Following the change in name in 2013, the Gut Cancer Foundation broadened its impact through an increased focus on awareness raising and the creation of resources for patients and Whānau.
As we move forward, it is sadly clear that much more needs to be done to address the stark reality of gut cancers in New Zealand. Building on the inspiration of our founding members and those that have supported our journey so far, our new strategic priorities will drive their vision forward to the next stage of our journey.
We are grateful to all the board members, team members, supporters, and partners that have helped make an impact for New Zealanders with a gut cancer and look forward to building on your legacy of change for many years to come.