Paramedic Rhys re­lays a mes­sage of hope

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS -

PARAMEDIC Rhys Greedy’s tri­umph over can­cer is be­com­ing a sym­bol of hope for thou­sands.

The 29-year-old was named the Face of Re­lay for Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land’s Re­lay For Life.

The Cherm­side paramedic has gone to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths to raise funds for can­cer re­search and sup­port af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin’s lym­phoma at 21.

“In 2014, I was five years in re­mis­sion, and I had a bit of a light bulb mo­ment,” Mr Greedy said.

“I was hik­ing the Kokoda Track at the time, and I re­alised this was some­thing I could do to bring aware­ness to can­cer and raise funds for char­i­ties.

“Since then I’ve been ty­ing my own bat­tle with can­cer to my pas­sion of push­ing my body to its lim­its phys­i­cally.

“Ev­ery fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity en­ables me to be an ad­vo­cate, and hope­fully an in­spi­ra­tion, to oth­ers go­ing through their own jour­ney.”

Mr Greedy said he would proudly lead the sur­vivors and car­ers lap to of­fi­cially open Re­lay For Life on Oc­to­ber 21-22 at QSAC Sta­dium, Nathan.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in Re­lay For Life is a huge hon­our for me as a can­cer sur­vivor.

“I am most look­ing for­ward to walk­ing along­side other sur­vivors in the open­ing lap, and in mem­ory of loved ones who’ve passed away from can­cer.

“It’s go­ing to be quite emo­tional for me as I’ll have my mother walk­ing with me – she was my big­gest sup­porter through my own treat­ment and is a breast can­cer sur­vivor her­self.

“I have no big­ger in­spi­ra­tion in my life than my mum.”

To reg­is­ter a team, vol­un­teer or find out more, visit re­lay­for­life.org.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.

PHOTO: QLD AM­BU­LANCE SER­VICE ME­DIA

Paramedic Rhys Greedy is an am­bas­sador for the Bris­bane Re­lay For Life.

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