What makes 600 very normal people in teams walk for 18 hours around a circular track. Answer "They are very special people"
In 2004 my perfect family life was shattered by the news that so many Australian's get every day, one of your family members has cancer.
In our case it was my wife Monica, who was diagnosed with aggressive Breast Cancer.
The short version of this story is extensive treatment by dedicated professionals has her 10 years down the track and in remission. Remission is the key word here because as it stands now you are never really cured, the symtoms are gone and you are healthy but the problem lurks in the background looking for a way out.
At this point you may be thinking "whats a relay got do with this" Answer "Everything". Relay for Life is about raising money for research to get rid of this horrible disease, but more than that it's about celebrating life and remembering those who didn't make it. This is done by various events including a survivors walk and a candlelight ceremony.
Over the 18 hours we also try and have fun , celebrate life and in some cases make fools of ourselves all for a good cause.
In my role as Chairman of the Gold Coast Committee I get to work with a great group of people , all with a story of their own and all with a common goal,very simply eradicate cancer.
Relay for Life started in 1985 with one person walking around an oval for 20 hours. In Australia the first Relay was in 1999 and raised $75,000. Relay now runs in every state and territory and raises over $14 million dollars just in Australia.
So why did I write this story? Very simply to encourage more people to get involved and beat this hideous disease. For more information go to relayforlife.org.au