Relay for Life is about celebrating those who have battled against cancer. The first lap of Relay honours cancer survivors and carers who take to the track proudly wearing coloured sashes. All participants gather around the track to applaud the courage and strength shown by those completing the lap.
All cancer survivors and carers are welcome to take part in the walk whether they are part of a team or not. Survivors are those who are now cancer-free or those who are currently undergoing treatment. Carers include those walking with the person they cared for and those walking in honour of a loved one lost.
As survivors and carers complete the opening lap, all Relay For Life participants are to join together for the second lap. Following the second lap, a special reception is held for survivors, carers and special guests.
“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma 4 years ago and underwent chemotherapy & radiation to eradicate it. The Cancer Council was instrumental in assisting me & my family with understanding, the cancer and the treatment. My team (eye of the tiger) and I participated in the inaugural Melbourne City relay at Alexander Gardens on the 5th & 6th of December 2009.
My co-captain and I were given the great opportunity to close the relay with relay for life oath. It was truly memorable.” Maisi Ahuja, Team Captain