Step­ping up to boot can­cer

Lan­ders fam­ily hon­ours amaz­ing woman at Roma re­lay

The Western Star - - News - Lucy Ruther­ford lucy.ruther­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

FOR TALLIS Lan­ders par­tic­i­pat­ing in Re­lay for Life this year will be a way to pay trib­ute to his late mother, Tracy Lan­ders, who lost her bat­tle with can­cer last month.

Tak­ing place at the Cities Rugby League Club on Septem­ber 14, Re­lay for Life is a chance for the Roma com­mu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate lo­cal can­cer sur­vivors, pa­tients and their car­ers, to hon­our and re­mem­ber loved ones lost to can­cer and to raise money to help save lives.

“Af­ter los­ing my mother to can­cer this year, when we were ap­proached by team cap­tain Tori (Fleet­ing), my sis­ter was very, very ex­cited about get­ting be­hind it,” Mr Lan­ders said.

“Our com­mu­nity has lost some­one so hav­ing the opportunit­y to hon­our her in this way is some­thing I know she’d be re­ally proud of.

“My mother was one of 11 sib­lings and lost two of her sib­lings pre­vi­ously to can­cer so it’s some­thing that’s very close to heart for my fam­ily.

“We feel priv­i­leged as a fam­ily to have the opportunit­y to hon­our the fam­ily mem­bers we’ve lost.”

Team cap­tain Tori Fleet­ing has jumped on board with a fundrais­ing goal of $17,000 in this year’s theme of Give Can­cer The Boot, with the event finishing at mid­night to make it eas­ier for fam­i­lies to par­tic­i­pate.

“We all know some­one who’s had can­cer, whether you’ve been di­rectly im­pacted or whether it’s your mother or friend,” she said.

“The day will have a big open­ing cer­e­mony where the Lan­ders fam­ily will speak and open the day and then there will be a can­dle­light cer­e­mony for any can­cer sur­vivors which will be a re­ally mov­ing and spe­cial event.”

■ To form a team or do­nate, visit re­lay­for­life.org.au.

PHOTO: LUCY RUTHER­FORD

PAY­ING TRIB­UTE: Team cap­tain Tori Fleet­ing and Tallis Lan­ders who will be hon­our­ing his late mother by par­tic­i­pat­ing in Re­lay for Life in Septem­ber.

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