Re­lay for Life this week­end

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Bill Mar­wick

WA GOVER­NOR Kerry San­der­son will open the WA Cancer Coun­cil’s 10th Joon­dalup Wan­neroo Re­lay for Life at Arena Joon­dalup this Satur­day at noon.

More than 100 teams will take part in the 24-hour event, which is the cul­mi­na­tion of months of fundrais­ing.

Since the first Joon­dalup Wan­neroo Re­lay for Life in 2008, more than $2.7 mil­lion has been raised to help the Cancer Coun­cil with its re­search and sup­port pro­grams.

And since 2008, when two young cancer sur­vivors Robi Boscarino and Amelia Hewi­son met for the first time, the Re­lay for Life has held a spe­cial place in their hearts.

Robi was un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy for lym­phoma and Amelia was in re­mis­sion from Wilms tu­mour.

In 2008 Robi and Amelia walked the Sur­vivors Lap of Hon­our to­gether, and as the youngest cancer sur­vivors they were in­vited to cut the cel­e­bra­tory sur­vivors cake to­gether. In a few weeks from now the young cou­ple will be cut­ting an­other cel­e­bra­tory cake to­gether – their wed­ding cake.

Robi and Amelia have made Re­lay for Life an an­nual pri­or­ity, with fundrais­ing, walk­ing the Sur­vivors Lap of Hon­our to­gether, sup­port­ing other sur­vivors and tak­ing part in the mov­ing Sur­vivors Can­dle­light Cer­e­mony.

Amelia is the Cancer Coun­cil’s Lone Piper, and each year fol­low­ing the Can­dle­light Cer­e­mony she plays a beau­ti­ful bag­pipes ren­di­tion of Amaz­ing Grace.

Com­mit­tee spokeswoman Donna Iron­mon­ger con­grat­u­lated the cou­ple.

Amelia Hewi­son and Robi Boscarino, who met at the 2008 Re­lay for Life, will be get­ting mar­ried in a few weeks.

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