"It wasn't just about remembering those we had lost, but celebrating those who have fought so hard and survived."
In 2012, as my dad was dying of cancer, he commented that he wanted to give back to Cancer Council so others wouldn't have to go through what he was going through. The very next day I signed up for the Albert Park Relay For Life and our team, Kappa’s Lappas, was born in his honour.
The first year we were the third top fundraisers, and raised approximately $12,000. The following year (while I was six months pregnant) we joined again, and managed to top our total from the previous year.
A few weeks after Relay in 2013 my husband was rushed to hospital, and it was discovered that he had stage 3 bowel cancer. He was only 31. A few weeks before our baby was born he had surgery and started his six months of chemotherapy. Needless to say, the 2014 Albert Park Relay For Life took on a new meaning for us. It wasn't just about remembering those we had lost, but celebrating those who have fought so hard and survived. In 2014 we managed to raise $14,000 and were the top fundraisers on the day.
Cancer affects people of all ages. It doesn't discriminate and we all need to do what we can to stop it in its tracks. We'll be back and aiming higher than ever for those we love.
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