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Unite for Relay For Life this weekend

Communities unite for Relay For Life
Maddison Challen cutting the ribbon to being Relay for Life 2022.The Challen Family were the Face of Relay for 2022. Photo: contributed.

Relay For Life is a Cancer Council Queensland initiative bringing together Queensland communities to support people who have experienced cancer, while celebrating cancer survivorship and to remember lost loved ones.

The Wide Bay region can expect an action-packed day on Saturday where teams of people will be keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk, or run, for 8.5 hours in support of those affected by cancer.

Relay For Life is an event for everyone – no matter your age, or fitness level, you can get involved and make a difference.

This year the Bundaberg/Fraser Coast Relay For Life Committee are aiming to raise $105,000 and all funds raised go towards life-saving cancer research, prevention programs and support services so no Queenslander is left navigating cancer alone.

Bundaberg local Wayne Morden has been named the official face of the 2023 Bundaberg/Fraser Coast Relay For Life event.

In 2018 Wayne was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer.

A passionate cyclist and President of the Bundaberg Cycling Club, Wayne was determined to not let his diagnosis stop him from living life to the fullest.

In 2021 after a combination of cancer treatments, Wayne was able to get his cancer to a point where it was manageable, and he could return to doing what he loved.

“There is no cure for follicular lymphoma, but I live with it, and I refuse to let it rule my life,” Wayne said.

After his treatment, Wayne returned to cycling and his cancer experience spurred the Bundaberg Cycling Club to go on to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research, prevention, and support services.

Along with their cycling club partner, has raised more than $20,000 in the last three years alone.

His cancer experience spurred the Bundaberg Cycling Club.

“The younger members of our club were the primary instigators of the fundraising,” he said.

“They wanted to support my cancer journey,” he said.

“It has now evolved into an annual club community engagement program, and we are so proud to be able to inspire others to be part of something much bigger and inspire others to continue their fight against cancer.”

To find out more about Relay For Life visit www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.