Pauline one of the Faces of Rockhampton Relay For Life
IF ANYONE knows about cancer and the effect it has on families, it's Pauline Stait.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 at age 44, Pauline has not only walked the frightening journey herself, but watched as many family members also battled the disease.
Family and friends have been touched by lung, bladder and mouth cancers, leukaemia and brain tumours.
Over the past few years she has also watched her mother fighting melanoma, which has spread to her liver.
"Cancer has been a huge part of my life and I'm so passionate about helping to find the reason and a cure for this disease," Pauline said.
In recognition of her fight, Pauline was named one of the Faces of Rockhampton Relay For Life, held May 16 to 17 at Ian Coombe Oval at CQUniversity, and will help lead the survivors and carers lap to officially open the event.
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Pauline said she is passionate about spreading the message of fighting back against cancer by fundraising, which in turn, supports vital research and services for patients and their families.
"While raising funds is absolutely vital for the medical researchers to continue to search for causes and cures, we can also help ourselves and our family members by being proactive," Pauline said.
She said the support she has received from friend, family and Cancer Council have played a big part in her survival.
"I see Relay For Life as an extension of that astounding community spirit," she said.
"The services Cancer Council provides are funded by events like Relay For Life, and play a vital role in letting people know they are not alone.
"Slowly but surely researchers are beginning to make inroads in their fight against cancer."
Relay for Life
What: Relay For Life is an 18-hour event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, in support all Queenslanders affected by cancer.
When: May 16 to 17
Where: Ian Coombe Oval, CQUniversity
To register visit relayforlife.org.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.