Relay teams push for cure
A BRIGHT future without the big 'C' pushed a weary army of purple soldiers around the Gatton Showgrounds on the weekend.
Although tired and sore at times, teams participating in the 2014 Lockyer Valley Relay for Life walked not only in memory of lost ones and those currently suffering, but to ensure a cure is found to rid cancer from future generations.
As the sun rose on Sunday, more than 400 walkers were proudly rewarded to see chairperson Kirsten Sippel reveal a total of more than $63,000 raised for Cancer Council Queensland.
Survivor and Face of the 2014 Lockyer Valley Relay for Life, Diane Dye, said events like Relay for Life ensured the fight for a cure to cancer was not forgotten.
"I think it's great that something like this not only raises money for the support of care of cancer patients but it also raises awareness and gets the message across for early detection," she said.
"It helps with awareness for everybody of the importance of the cancer council and organisations like this for the support of everybody and the awareness of people for early detection and for the empathy, not just for cancer sufferers but their carers and families.
"The whole aim for this would be to strive for awareness for early detection, better treatment and ultimately a cure."
Cancer survivor and Lockyer Valley Relay veteran Shirley Charles took on a committee role for her 11th relay.
"We've made so many friends and it's great to see them every year," Mrs Charles said.
"To be able to see the survivors still coming back and supporting it and to get everybody in, it's just great."
Mrs Charles echoed the thoughts of all walkers participating in the relay.
"That it's cured and my kids don't have to go through it," she said.