Wallies have winning spirit
LONG before Jody Johnson was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, she was a staunch supporter of the work of the Cancer Foundation.
And her sisters and friends continue this support in her memory, recently participating in the Relay for Life in Rockhampton.
Jody’s sisters Sally Johnson and Trudy Graham were members of the Where’s Wally team in the relay, and her mother Beth Johnson and sister Alicea Trott travelled from Mundubbera to show their support.
Jacqui Pitts daughters Scout and Tully also took part.
The Where's Wally team raised more than $17,000 and won the Spirit of Relay and Best Site Awards.
In total the Rockhampton Relay raised more than $200,000.
Even before her own illness, Jody Johnson fundraised for a cure for cancer.
She participated in the Terry Fox Run, annually coordinated Daffodil Day at university and sold Canteen bandanas.
Ms Johnson also made a special effort in fundraising for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea during her year-long battle with cancer.
Despite operations, chemotherapy and her participation in a research project into ovarian cancer conducted by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, she died in 2003 and in death donated her tumours so more could be learnt about her rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Sally Johnson is on the organising committee, and the Where’s Wally team has already pledged its participation for next year’s Relay for Life.
RELAY FOR LIFE: Mundubbera’s Where's Wally team (from left) Jacqui Pitts with daughters Scout and Tully, Trudy Graham, Elysha Edwards, Beck Berry, Tanya Williamson, Deborah Monnox, Abe Graham, Sally Johnson.