Re­lay war­rior walks her last lap for cure

Nearly 200 par­tic­i­pants braved the night

Gatton Star - - NEWS - — Do­minic El­some

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.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC EL­SOME

HOPE: Lock­yer Val­ley Re­lay for Life veteran Jenny Ryan and Chris Mcmil­lan at the 2019 Re­lay.

PHO­TOS: DO­MINIC EL­SOME

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.

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