Walking to help fight cancer

Relay for Life participants, from left, Cressy’s Jan Reynolds, Irrewillipe’s Paula Riches, Colac’s Lavina Perkins and relay committee chairwoman Eunice Gill.

DOCTORS diagnosed Colac’s Lavina Perkins with Hodgkin’s disease after she spent two years as a carer for her husband.

Now she’s raising awareness and money for cancer research as part of this weekend’s Colac Otway Relay for Life.

Cancer survivors and carers will walk the first lap of the relay tomorrow at Central reserve.

“It’s important to make people aware, and raise money for cancer research,” Mrs Perkins said.

Breast cancer survivor and fellow walker Jan Reynolds said the relay was a reminder of how widespread the effects of cancer could be.

“It’s something that can affect anyone at any time of life,” she said.

Mrs Reynolds, of Cressy, said the relay made her appreciate the support she had during her illness.

“When you are in the relay you are aware not everyone has the same support,” she said.

“How fortunate you are you’ve got great personal support.”

Mrs Reynolds said doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer in July.

“I’m going well at this point in time,” she said.

Paula Riches said she saw the relay as a way for her children to help their grandmother, Mrs Reynolds.

“The kids can feel they’re doing something,” she said.

“We’ve called our team Cruising for a Cure.”

Mrs Riches said the team also supported a relative with leukaemia.

Relay for Life committee chairwoman Eunice Gill encouraged cancer survivors and carers to participate in the opening lap of the relay.

“They are all invited to an afternoon tea afterwards,” she said.

“Colac Area Health chief executive officer Geoff Iles will be the guest speaker.”

The Relay for Life starts at 2pm tomorrow at Central Reserve.

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