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SUR­VIVOR WILL RACE 2500KM

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LEUKAEMIA sur­vivor Kristine Lawn has turned the ta­bles on can­cer and will join 74 other teams in this year’s Mys­tery Box Rally to Townsville.

The St Clair mother-ofthree will be joined by her sis­ter Ja­nine Brightwell in a car val­ued at $850 on a five­day 2500km jour­ney across the state.

Af­ter she spent months bat­tling leukaemia, Mrs Lawn said she just wanted to do some­thing fun to celebrate her con­quest.

“We thought it would be a great way to celebrate my new re­mis­sion,” she said.

Mrs Lawn was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last year just four weeks af­ter her 40th birth­day.

Think­ing she was just run-down, Mrs Lawn saw her doc­tor af­ter five weeks of ex­treme tired­ness and feel­ing un­well.

The doc­tor orig­i­nally told her she was anaemic, but when her blood test re­vealed she had leukaemia she met the di­ag­no­sis with sar­casm.

“My re­sponse was ‘Of course I do!’” Mrs Lawn said. “I knew it wasn’t go­ing to be an easy thing with me.”

She was im­me­di­ately sent to hos­pi­tal for months of chemo­ther­apy.

While she main­tained her courage through her treat­ment, Mrs Lawn said there were nights alone in the hos­pi­tal where she won­dered if she would make it out.

“For me I just tried to stay as pos­i­tive as I could. I have got my kids and that was enough for me,” she said.

“There’s al­ways some­one worse off. I’ve done it tough but there’s some­one who has done it tougher.”

Mrs Lawn and her sis­ter signed up for the rally sim- ply to make the most of dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.

“I was just think­ing, ‘If I re­ally don’t ac­tu­ally beat this thing, I’m go­ing to make the most out of this’,” she said. “I had not of­fi­cially been given the all clear from my doc­tor when we got ac­cepted.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Leukaemia sur­vivor Kristine Lawn (right) and her sis­ter Jea­nine Brightwell are team­ing up for the Mys­tery Box Rally.

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