Look Who’s Talk­ing: Kathryn Martin

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This week we talk to Kathryn Martin who is tak­ing part in the Re­lay for Life in mem­ory of Tr­ish McKee. Kathryn’s daugh­ter Claire is also tak­ing part in the event.

What was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind putting a team to­gether for this Re­lay for Life event?

Af­ter we lost my brother, Alan Gill, to can­cer in 2010, our ex­tended fam­ily en­tered the Lower Hutt Colour Run and raised funds for the Te Omanga Hospice where Alan was cared for in his last days.

My sis­ter, Tr­ish McKee, suc­cumbed to can­cer in Au­gust this year and was sup­ported by Can­cer So­ci­ety Marl­bor­ough and Hospice Marl­bor­ough dur­ing her short bat­tle.

Af­ter see­ing that the Re­lay for Life is go­ing back to an overnight event, my daugh­ter Claire ap­proached the ex­tended fam­ily about en­ter­ing a team in Tr­ish’s mem­ory.

What is it about the re­lay that at­tracts peo­ple to en­ter do you think?

The Re­lay for Life is an event where peo­ple feel sup­ported by oth­ers, as they re­mem­ber and re­flect on the lives of the peo­ple we have lost.

What do you think will be the main chal­lenges on the night?

The weather! Fingers crossed it’s a calm, starry night.

What are you look­ing for­ward to the most?

Be­ing with friends and fam­ily, re­mem­ber­ing Tr­ish and cel­e­brat­ing her life.

Are any of your team mem­bers do­ing this in mem­ory of some­one spe­cific and how im­por­tant is that to you as a team?

All of our mem­bers will be fam­ily or friends of Tr­ish. There are no words that do jus­tice to who she was and what she meant to us. A won­der­ful, self­less lady with an enor­mous heart, who fought to the end – she was taken much too soon.

What would you say to some­one who is con­sid­er­ing en­ter­ing the Re­lay for Life?

If you have the time, then please join us. The Can­cer So­ci­ety of­fer so much to those af­fected by this hideous dis­ease, their ser­vice is in­valu­able.


Claire and Kathryn Martin will be walk­ing in the Re­lay For Life in mem­ory of Kathryn’s sis­ter Tr­ish McKee.

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