Relay warrior walks her last lap for cure
Nearly 200 participants braved the night
IT WAS one final lap for Relay For Life veteran Jenny Ryan.
The Relay warrior has taken part in every Lockyer Valley event since its inception, but the 84-year-old has decided to hang up her walking shoes this year.
“I’ve gone through the whole lot, thick and thin, rain, hail or snow – which is what we’ve had,” Ms Ryan said.
She was inspired to do something after she lost her husband to cancer, and then tragically watched as other loved ones suffered as well.
“It went through my family like a wild fire,” she said.
“I had a 40-year-old niece pass away and I just thought we’ve got to do something about this.”
Since then, Ms Ryan has dedicated herself helping to find a cure.
“My aim is to raise as much money as I can towards somebody getting better,” she said.
“It might be only one person, but if one person gets better then I feel good.”
While she won’t be walking through the long nights at the Relay anymore, she’ll still be a familiar face at the event as part of the committee.
TEAMS March through the long night on the weekend, raising vital funds for cancer research at the annual Lockyer Valley Relay for Life.
This year’s event was another cracking success, with 16 teams and 173 participants walking for a cure on Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
The hard slog through the cold and windy conditions was worth it though, with the event hitting it’s fundraising goal of $27,200.
HOPE: Lockyer Valley Relay for Life veteran Jenny Ryan and Chris Mcmillan at the 2019 Relay.
RELAY FUN: Liam, Harry and Lucy Dare with Sandra Freiburg at the 2019 Gatton Relay for Life.
Sue and Ian Smith with Patrick Bonhan and Laura Mason.
Sharyn Putland and Teyah Salmon.
Participants prided themselves on their team costumes.
Bridgette Jackwitz with Joann and Eliza Sutton.
Annette Stokes and Barbara Guihat at the 2019 Gatton Relay for Life.