Relay For Life

The Cancer Council NSW 2017 Ballina Shire Relay For Life is fast approaching with only a few weeks until the community take the track in the fight to beat cancer. Relay will be held on the 25th and 26th March 2017 at the Seagulls Club Ballina. Cancer Council NSW is 97% community funded and relies on the support of the community to continue funding ground breaking research and provide community services to ensure no one need to face cancer alone.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care how old you are, what sex you are, whether you’re fit or not. It hits often randomly and unexplainably. That’s why the Cancer Council and Relay for Life are so important. I have more reasons to Relay this year – in July, while I was at a Relay conference, my cousin died of brain cancer. My mum is currently undergoing treatment after having breast cancer and my dad had a tumour removed from his hip in April, my dad has been fighting Bowel Cancer for 27 years. Of a family of seven, 4 have battled cancer, 1 unsuccessfully,” explains local Ballina Shire resident Suanne Richards.

Suanne been involved in the Ballina Shire Relay For Life for the last 5 years, and on the Relay Committee for the last 2 years. After losing her dear friend it prompted her to get involved with Relay “She was young and always smiling, someone that could always lift you up when you’re feeling down,” said Suanne.

Each year thousands of people participate in Relay For Life across Australia to support people living with cancer, their family and carers. Suanne speaks of her love her Relay and in particular the Hope ceremony, “No matter how many years I am involved in Relay every time I start walking around the track during the Hope Ceremony with the candle bags I get brought to tears. Seeing how many lives have been touched by cancer.”

Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Kingscliff community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

“If I have one message to share with the community it would be that Cancer Council doesn’t discriminate. They fund research into all cancers, provide support and services for all cancer patients in many forms, and they advocate for changes in society to prevent all cancers,” said Suanne. 

Join Suanne and make a difference to local people affected by cancer at this year’s Ballina Shire Relay for Life – visit




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