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A long walk to honour husband's legacy

MARATHON EFFORT: Chris and John Woods during a previous Ballina Shire Relay For Life.
MARATHON EFFORT: Chris and John Woods during a previous Ballina Shire Relay For Life. Picasa

BALLINA Shire fundraiser Chris Woods is planning a marathon effort for the Relay For Life in May.

She's aiming to walk for the entire 18 hours of the event to mark her husband John's legacy.

John was chairman of the relay organising committee for the past three years and passed away in March after a battle with cancer.

Last year Chris had her head shaved at the relay as a fundraiser, gathering donations for an organisation close to both their hearts, the Cancer Council.

The Ballina Shire Relay For Life 2018 will be held at Alstonville Showground on May 5, starting with kids' activities and a market at noon and an opening lap for cancer survivors and carers just after 3pm.

The event will continue overnight with entertainment and activities, including a family fun run at 6.30am, free breakfast and a closing ceremony where the inaugural John Woods Memorial Trophy will be presented to the team with the highest fundraising total.

Relay For Life is a part celebration, part remem- brance and part fight- back event welcoming everyone, especially those touched by cancer. But it's definitely not a race.

Relayers can walk for one lap or as many laps as they can, in teams or as individuals.

Almost everyone takes a break at dusk for the moving candlelight "Hope" ceremony to remember loved ones lost and walk a lap in silence.

Ballina Shire Relay For Life raises awareness in the community of the impact of cancer and raises vital funds for Cancer Council NSW's research, prevention, information and local support services such as Transport to Treatment subsidised travel.

For more info or to register for the relay go to: relayforlife.org.au/ ballina or phone Hannah on 66391304 or come along on the day.

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