Breast cancer survivor and Coolum resident Francis Howes is pictured here in 2006.
Breast cancer survivor and Coolum resident Francis Howes is pictured here in 2006. David Thomas

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COOLUM resident Francis Howes will take to the track at Central Sunshine Coast Relay For Life with one simple goal - to give hope to those in her community touched by cancer.

As a breast cancer survivor, Ms Howes is determined to use her experience to reach out and support others affected by the disease.

Ms Howes was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, has lost three siblings to cancer and her husband Richard is currently in remission.

This weekend she will be a guest speaker at Cancer Council Queensland's 2016 Central Sunshine Coast Relay For Life, held August 6-7 at Nambour Showgrounds, and take part in the survivors and carers walk.

Ms Howes said she was passionate about raising awareness of the importance of early detection and funds for the cause.

"Whether you are a survivor, family member or carer, we all have a story to tell - it's human interest stories that touch people and prompt them to get checked," she said.

"Participating in Relay For Life is a great way to support Cancer Council Queensland's vital work in cancer research, prevention and support services.

"The support for those who are diagnosed and their families in the community now is phenomenal."

Local cancer survivors and carers are invited to join Ms Howes and take part in the survivors and carers lap which will officially open the event on Saturday, August 6 at 3pm.

Following the opening lap, locals are invited to join together for a special afternoon tea, to share stories and show support to those affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the survivors and carers lap was an opportunity to unite with others who had been through a similar experience.

"The opening lap is all about celebrating with our survivors and recognising the contribution of carers," Ms Clift said.

"One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland - on the Sunshine Coast alone, more than 3200 locals are diagnosed with cancer each year.

"Relay For Life provides a great opportunity for locals to show their support to those affected by the disease, to raise awareness and funds to make a difference."

To register for the survivors and carers lap, phone 1300 65 65 85 or visit the Relay registration desk on Saturday, August 6 from 12pm.

Relay For Life is an 18-hour event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight, in support of an estimated 26,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year.  

Registration is $30 per person online until Wednesday, August 3, or $40 on the day.

To register or find out more, visit relayforlife.org.au or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85.

More about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.


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