HELPING HANDS: Leslie Walker and Pauline Stait from Wot Eva Go's are few of the ambassadors that have helped change cancer patients lives this year.
HELPING HANDS: Leslie Walker and Pauline Stait from Wot Eva Go's are few of the ambassadors that have helped change cancer patients lives this year.

Kindness of a few changes 26K lives

EACH year hope ambassadors across the state pledge to make a difference to more than 26,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer.

These volunteers make a world of difference to cancer patients by taking part in Cancer Council's CancerFREE Challenge.

Cancer Council Queensland's CancerFREE Challenge rewards and acknowledges the most talented fundraisers in the state by inviting them to fundraise and compete for the rights to name a research grant.

Last week, after a year of light-hearted competition for a serious cause, the winners were announced.

Townsville teenager Joshua Ramadani was crowned the 2016 CancerFREE Challenge champion after raising over $116,000 for Cancer Council Queensland.

The Cairns Volunteer Branch was the runner-up with a total of $80,000 raised, followed closely by Rockhampton team Wot Eva Go's on $52,000.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said 72 Queensland fundraisers accepted the challenge this year, raising a collective $1.39 million.

"We're honoured to have so many dedicated fundraisers in Queensland, and congratulate each participant on their outstanding achievements for the cause," Ms Clift said.

"Their hard work will allow us to continue our important work in cancer control, contributing to vital cancer research, education and prevention programs, and patient support services.

"One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland - the support of our CancerFREE Challenge hope ambassadors reduces the burden of cancer on those affected.

"Thank you to everyone who got involved and to everyone who showed their support through volunteering or making a donation - you are all champions in the fight against cancer."

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.



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