Teams urged to sign up for re­lay

Lo­cal sup­port makes all the dif­fer­ence

The Western Star - - LIFE -

AF­TER a suc­cess­ful Roma Re­lay For Life in 2016, or­gan­is­ers are call­ing on the com­mu­nity to lend a hand in the fight against cancer once again.

This week Roma’s Face of Re­lay for Life Mar­guerite Cud­dihy at­tended Roma State Col­lege and St John’s School to en­cour­age stu­dents pas­sion­ate about giv­ing back, to reg­is­ter for this year’s in­spi­ra­tional event.

“Thou­sands of Aus­tralians par­tic­i­pate in Re­lays in mem­ory of a loved one, some do it to show sup­port for those bat­tling cancer and some sim­ply want to do it to make a dif­fer­ence,” she said.

While Ms Cud­dihy may be used to telling other peo­ple’s sto­ries, the Western Star jour­nal­ist will be shar­ing her own as the Face of Roma Re­lay For Life.

“It’s a cause that I’m pas­sion­ate about, so I wanted to be­come in­volved,” she said. “Be­ing named the Face was un­ex­pected but I’m in­cred­i­bly hon­oured.”

Cancer’s first dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on Ms Cud­dihy’s life came when she was only 13 years old.

“My dad passed away from brain cancer – it hap­pened very quickly, with only six weeks be­tween his di­ag­no­sis and death,” she said.

The next time the dis­ease came into her life, it was just as un­ex­pected.

“I found out I had cancer when I was 24, and un­in­formed, I ig­nored the symp­toms, and just put them down to uni stress,” Ms Cud­dihy said. “I have check-ups with my doc­tor ev­ery cou­ple of months, but that’s a very small price to pay for my clear bill of health.”

Ms Cud­dihy en­cour­aged stu­dents to get on board and reg­is­ter a team at www.re­lay­for­life.org.au.

“Stu­dents even get a special dis­count code, which is RFLSTUDENT, so it will only cost $20 to sign up,” she said.

“Re­cruit mum and dad or con your favourite teacher into join­ing your team.

“The theme is beach party, so don your ugli­est Hawai­ian shirt and get be­hind this wor­thy cause.”

The Roma Re­lay For Life, to be held on Oc­to­ber 7–8 at Cities Foot­ball Ground, is an 18-hour event in­volv­ing teams of peo­ple keep­ing a ba­ton mov­ing in a re­lay-style walk or run overnight, to sup­port all Queens­lan­ders, all can­cers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Roma Re­lay For Life Face­book page.

❝mum Re­cruit and dad or con your favourite teacher into join­ing your team.

— Mar­guerite Cud­dihy

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: The face of the Roma Re­lay For Life, Mar­guerite Cud­dihy, vis­its schools to spread the Queens­land Cancer Coun­cil mes­sage.

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