12 November 2012
It’s a great time to get involved in one of Cancer Council SA’s biggest fundraising events this month, as the 2012 Southern Metro Relay For Life takes off on 24-25 November.
Cancer Council’s Relay For Life season is in full swing, with teams from all over South Australia fundraising for their local events and getting ready to walk or run the track, in honour of their loved ones who have been affected by cancer.
Jenni McAllister is excited to be taking part in the Southern Metro Relay For Life for the first time this year, together with her two brothers and their partners. Jenni will be walking in honour of her mother, Veda, who she recently lost to a distressing three-year battle with uterine cancer.
Veda bravely endured a range of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a full hysterectomy since her diagnosis in 2009. Despite a successful recovery, the cancer spread to her stomach and in 2011 Veda underwent further treatment.
“Mum and I planned to participate in Relay For Life together last year after she recovered, but unfortunately when her cancer reappeared, the treatment was unsuccessful and the cancer spread to her lungs and spine,” says Jenni.
“Mum’s illness became progressively worse from then on, until she lost the fight earlier this year on her birthday.
“I promised my mum before she passed away that I’d take part in Relay For Life. It’s a great way to increase awareness of cancer – including uterine cancer, which is one of the least known cancers, but one of the most common cancers in women.”
So far, Jenni has fundraised an incredible total of $3,000 for Cancer Council’s Relay For Life and hopes to double this amount by the end of the month.
Cancer of the uterus accounts for around 4.2% of all cancers in Australian women, with over 2,000 new cases diagnosed in 2008.
“A woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer by the age of 75 in Australia is 1 in 67, and around 180 South Australians are diagnosed with the disease each year,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.
“Relay For Life is a great opportunity to raise awareness of all cancers among the community, while fundraising for Cancer Council SA’s research, prevention and support services, to help South Australians affected by cancer.
“We have already seen the Adelaide Southern Metro community show their support with 20 teams registered to date. The next two weeks are exciting as we often see a flurry of last minute registrations from local residents who are eager to get onboard and experience what will be an unforgettable event.”
Relay For Life is all about celebrating the courage of local cancer patients and spreading hope. Teams camp out and take turns in keeping a baton moving around the track over a 19 hour period, while also enjoying live entertainment, activities and prizes. The carnival style event is held throughout the night to symbolise that cancer never sleeps.
Cancer survivors and carers proudly take the first lap in the Opening Ceremony, while all supporters line the track and applaud their courage and strength. At dusk the stadium lights are dimmed for the Candlelight Ceremony, as candles are lit in honour and support of someone living with cancer or in memory of a loved one.
The Southern Metro Relay for Life is being held at Morphett Vale Primary School from 24th to 25th November. For more information or to register your own team, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
Southern Metro Relay For Life areas: Reynella, Old Reynella, Happy Valley, Fountain Valley, Sheidow Park, Port Stanvac, O’Sullivan Beach, Christies Beach, Christie Downs, Hackham West, Noarlunga, Hackham, Onkaparinga Hills, Seaford Meadows, Seaford, Seaford Rise, McLaren vale, Morphett Vale, Woodcroft, Lonsdale, Moana, Maslin Beach, Woodcroft.