Relay brings home cancer realities for journalist

IT WAS a privilege and honour to be this year's face of the Maryborough Relay for Life.

The organising committee did a spectacular job, ensuring the event's success through their dedication. More than $32,000 was raised.

The teams deserve huge praise, with many relentlessly fundraising for months and some even continuing during the weekend.

They didn't fail to impress during the relay either.

All teams ensured they always had at least one member on the field at all times - no matter how freezing the temperature was or how early in the morning it was.

When I addressed the crowd to share my story, about my bowel cancer diagnoses when I was 21, it felt surreal.

The last time I had been at Relay for Life I was in Year 11, as part of a high school team - like so many participants at the weekend.

I never expected a cancer diagnosis of my own, especially at a young age.

It just goes to show cancer doesn't discriminate - it affects people of all ages and all walks of life.

During some point in everyone's life, cancer will suddenly appear and change everything whether that be for themselves or a loved one.

I hope that in my role as the face of Relay I was a reminder to the community of all the young adults living with cancer and proof that early detection saves lives.

If I hadn't had my colonoscopy it would have been a very different story.

The experience of cancer is different for everyone but those going through it deserve our unconditional support.

People often wonder where funds raised by organisations such as the Cancer Council go.

While I can't speak for the Cancer Council I can say that as a person who has had cancer, the Cancer Council has provided me with wonderful support and opened the doors to many resources.

Thank you for your support of this important event.

Cancer survivor Stephanie Kaye and partner Dave Nielsen supporting Relay for Life at the Maryborough Showgrounds.
Cancer survivor Stephanie Kaye and partner Dave Nielsen supporting Relay for Life at the Maryborough Showgrounds. Robyne Cuerel

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