Best foot for­ward to fight can­cer

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Jes­sica Lamb jes­sica.lamb@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

WITH a lit­tle more than a month to go un­til this year’s Whit­sun­days Re­lay for Life, lo­cals are get­ting ready to take to the track to give hope to the one in two Queens­lan­ders who are di­ag­nosed with can­cer in their life­time.

More than 100 peo­ple and 15 teams have reg­is­tered for the Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land event, with or­gan­is­ers hop­ing to raise more than $50,000.

Whit­sun­days RFL will see teams keep a ba­ton moving in a re­lay-style walk or run overnight in sup­port of more than 27,000 Queens­lan­ders di­ag­nosed with can­cer each year.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris McMil­lan ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to lo­cals to team up for the cause and reg­is­ter for the an­nual event.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic to see lo­cals rally to­gether to show their sup­port for Whit­sun­days RFL and we hope many more will also get in­volved,” she said.

“Don’t miss a range of fun and en­ter­tain­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on offer and emo­tional and em­pow­er­ing cer­e­monies.

“Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land pro­vides

sup­port, re­sources and ad­vice for those in the com­mu­nity af­fected by can­cer and in­vests in life­sav­ing can­cer re­search to en­sure those di­ag­nosed have the best chance of treat­ing the dis­ease.

“With every step taken and every dol­lar raised at RFL, we can con­tinue to sup­port more than 750 peo­ple di­ag­nosed with can­cer in the Mackay re­gion each year.

“You can help us cre­ate hope for can­cer sur­vivors, hope for those who have lost loved ones and hope for a can­cer-free future.”

This year or­gan­is­ers hope to raise more than $50,000 in the fight against can­cer.

Regis­tra­tion for Whit­sun­days Re­lay for Life is $20 a per­son.

To reg­is­ter a team or find out more visit www.re­lay­for­life.org.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

WALK FOR HOPE: Sur­vivors, car­ers and the com­mi­tee at the Proser­pine Show­ground last year. Re­lay has $50,000 tar­get

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