LONG before her time at Cancer Council Queensland began, born and bred Rockhampton girl Ashlee Hansen was fighting back against the disease.
The 25-year-old first experienced Relay for Life when she was in high school.
Now, after years of supporting the annual fundraiser, Ashlee is co-ordinating the event across Central Queensland.
"Cancer has touched my family, not as much as others, but it would be nice to find a cure before it does," she said.
"For me, Relay for Life is a time of hope."
After graduating with a Bachelor of Professional Communication, Ashlee worked at Gladstone Regional Council before taking up the job with CCQ last year.
"I couldn't believe my luck when my position opened up - it meant I could use my skills and experience to do what I'm passionate about," she said.
With participants ranging from babies to 92-year-olds, Ashlee said Relay for Life was so popular because anyone could do it.
"The general camaraderie is what people love; everyone comes together and you know why you're walking," she said.
Ashlee said she loved her new role because it allowed her to meet incredible people everyday.
"I love listening to their stories and celebrating the courageous people that have fought and overcome cancer, and giving support to the many people in our community fighting the battle right now," she said.
Call the Cancer Council Helpline on 131120 or visit cancerqld.org.au for more information.