WHEN Katherine O'Donnell battled ovarian cancer, she leaned on her loved ones for support.

Thankfully, after 20 weeks of chemotherapy, she was given the all-clear last August.

But if she had to face the same fight for life again, she would do one thing differently - she would call the Cancer Council Queensland.

She shared her story with hundreds of people at Maryborough Relay For Life this weekend, along with fellow survivor Karlie Holloway.

"I relied on my family and friends, but now I know how much the Cancer Council could have helped me," Mrs O'Donnell said.

Her teammate Mrs Holloway, who also suffered ovarian cancer, said she was overwhelmed with the support offered by the organisation, and had signed up to Relay For Life as a way to give back.

"They assisted financially with my travel, they donated headwear when I had not a scrap of hair last winter," Mrs Holloway said.

"They provided telephone counselling when I left hospital.

"They were just brilliant - I can't put a dollar value on how much they helped me."

She said it was incredibly moving to lead the Survivor's Walk along with Mrs O'Donnell, and see how many people had also been affected by cancer.

Maryborough Relay For Life committee member Kaye North said 262 walkers registered in 30 teams, and while they were still collecting money, so far the relay had raised $41,000 for Cancer Council Queensland.

"Banking is still open for another six weeks, so we are hoping to reach our target of $50,000," she said.

Mrs North said she hoped for an even larger turnout next year, when the event celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a theme of "Let's Party".



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