To kick off the 2024 event, Wayne Morden has been named the official Patron of the 2024 Bundaberg/Fraser Coast Relay For Life Event.
The Bundaberg and Fraser Coast communities are gearing up for a huge 2024 with Relay For Life.
Now in its 21st year, the July event is promising to be bigger and better than ever.
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 and, along with their cycling club partner, has raised more than $20,000 in the last three years alone.
“The younger members of our club were the primary instigators of the fundraising. 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.”
Community supports Relay for Life
Relay For Life is a Cancer Council Queensland initiative, bringing together Queensland communities to support people who have experienced cancer, celebrate cancer survivorship and to remember lost ones.
Cancer Council Queensland representative Belinda Nunn said they were expecting next year’s event to be the best Bundaberg’s seen yet.
“We are so excited for Bundaberg’s Relay For Life in 2024, we have listened to all the community feedback from this year and we’re building out a huge program for 2024,” Ms Nunn said.
“We are so proud of the community support and dedication to Relay For Life and we’re encouraging everyone to get involved, come along for a great day and make a real difference in the lives of Queenslanders impacted by cancer.”
Each year, 32,000 people are diagnosed in Queensland alone, and it’s Cancer Council Queensland’s mission to ensure no Queenslander is left navigating cancer alone.
Money raised from Relay for Life will not only go towards vital lifesaving cancer research and prevention programs, but also providing support services – such as counselling (emotional, psychological, and financial), wigs, accommodation, and transport – for Queenslanders affected by cancer.
To find out more or register for one of the Relay For Life events in 2024, head to www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.