As one journey finishes...
SURVIVOR WILL RACE 2500KM
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.”
Leukaemia survivor Kristine Lawn (right) and her sister Jeanine Brightwell are teaming up for the Mystery Box Rally.