Relay a time of remembrance and hope
FORMER Lismore City mayor and breast cancer survivor Jenny Dowell volunteers for a couple of vital roles in the city's Relay For Life.
She's taking part in the actual 2018 Lismore & Villages Relay For Life with her supportive team, Dowell and Friends, and also working behind the scenes with the organising committee to make next year's relay on March 17 and 18 the best yet.
"Each year I've relayed for a close friend or family member, either going through treatment or, sadly, who has died from some form of the disease," Jenny said.
"This time it's for my Mum, who died in September from endometrial cancer."
Ten years ago, no one in Jenny's immediate family of 10 had experienced cancer.
"Then I was diagnosed, my niece was next, then my Dad and, most recently, my Mum," Jenny said.
"While Mum and Dad died from cancer, my niece and I are now happily cancer-free."
As a committee member looking after the survivor and carer activities, Jenny is looking forward to honouring cancer survivors and carers on the first lap of the relay and joining them for afternoon tea.
As a team captain, she walks with her teammates and reflects on absent loved ones.
Jenny has a piece of advice to anyone thinking of registering.
"Relay For Life brings everyone together to celebrate, to support those living with cancer, to remember loved ones and to raise funds so that in future there will be less cancer in our lives - and of course to have fun."
Teams can register at www.relayforlife.org.au/lismore for only $15 using the discount code 'earlybird' before January 18, 2018. Registration fee includes a T- shirt, overnight camping and breakfast on Sunday.
Cancer Council NSW community relations co-ordinator Kate McBride says every Relay For Life begins with an opening lap to celebrate and support cancer survivors and their carers.
"All survivors and carers are welcome to join in; you don't even need to be part of a team," she said.
"The event brings the whole community together for a night of celebration and remembrance."
For details about the 2018 Lismore & Villages Relay For Life, phone Kate on 0266391303, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.relayforlife.org.au.