Re­lay for hope, those lost and to find­ing a cure

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The Oa­sis Movers and Shak­ers team is gear­ing up for its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive Re­lay for Life and, as al­ways, is a cause close to the hearts of many team mem­bers.

Team mem­ber Ken Alexan­der said an­other Oa­sis Vil­lage com­mu­nity mem­ber had just been di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, adding to the two mem­bers be­ing treated for leukaemia ear­lier in the year.

He said some res­i­dents’ grand­chil­dren and chil­dren were fight­ing other forms of can­cer, mak­ing for an easy de­ci­sion to once again be in­volved in the re­lay.

‘‘I guess we are no dif­fer­ent to any other group of peo­ple in the re­spect, that you’ve got peo­ple that like to par­tic­i­pate in these things to try and make a dif­fer­ence where they can,’’ Mr Alexan­der said.

While Re­lay for Life has come to an end in other ru­ral ar­eas be­cause of a lack of num­bers, it re­mains a well sup­ported in Co­bram.

‘‘It’s like all char­i­ties, un­less you’ve got the peo­ple pre­pared to stand up and be counted, it loses legs af­ter a while, but its pleas­ing we are still in­volved and able to play a small part in rais­ing some money,’’ Mr Alexan­der said.

Mr Alexan­der was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer at the end of last year and he said it shocked him when he re­alised how many peo­ple were in the same boat.

‘‘When I was told of my di­ag­no­sis I just hap­pened to men­tion it to some­one and within about five min­utes I was talk­ing to three other fel­las who were all in the same sit­u­a­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘I think the rea­son why so many peo­ple get in­volved in this fundraiser is be­cause we all know some­body or have a rel­a­tive that has been af­fected by can­cer in one way or an­other.

‘‘It’s so com­mon that it ceases to be funny. You don’t want peo­ple to give up that have can­cer so it’s good if we can raise some money to help them along the way.’’

If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the fight against can­cer, get along to Co­bram showgrounds. The event runs from 4 pm Satur­day un­til 10 am Sun­day.

Re­lay For Life is a fun and in­spi­ra­tional overnight ex­pe­ri­ence which cre­ates friend­ships while rais­ing vi­tal funds for Can­cer Coun­cil’s re­search, pre­ven­tion and sup­port ser­vices.

It is a chance for com­mu­ni­ties to recog­nise and cel­e­brate those who have over­come can­cer or are un­der­go­ing treat­ment, as well as the peo­ple who care for them.

So far, 168 par­tic­i­pants in Co­bram have al­ready reg­is­tered, rais­ing al­most $25 000.

There is a spe­cial sur­vivors and car­ers af­ter­noon tea at 3.30 pm Satur­day, to hon­our those fight­ing or have fought can­cer. You do not have to be reg­is­tered to at­tend.

Re­lay ready: Oa­sis Movers and Shak­ers team mem­bers Brenda Alexan­der, Glenda Mann, Carol Eddy, Glenn Mur­phy, Jim Clausen and Ken Alexan­der.

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