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FOR Rachael Wilson, the 2013 Bundaberg Relay For Life will be a momentous occasion as she celebrates her 10th year as a cancer survivor.
Not only will Rachael reach a personal milestone at the event, but the Bundaberg community will also celebrate the town's 10th Relay For Life.
Cancer Council Queensland Bundaberg Relay For Life will be held on October 19-20 at Bundaberg Showgrounds from 3pm to 9am.
With one in two Queenslanders affected by cancer in their lifetime, Relay is a time to celebrate with cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
Rachael has been named patron of the 2013 event and said she is looking forward to sharing her personal story with other participants and celebrating how far she has come.
"I was diagnosed 10 years ago with osteogenic sarcoma cancer in my right femur and at the same time, I was diagnosed with secondary cancer in my lungs," Rachael said.
"But I have been cancer free as of November 2003 - so it's pretty exciting that it's Bundaberg's 10th Birthday with Relay For Life because it's also my 10th year as a survivor!
"It is an honour to be Patron of the event and I don't mind sharing my story if it will help others open up and tell their story too."
At Relay For Life Rachael's team, Once Upon A Cure, will walk alongside 78 other teams in an 18-hour relay-style walk or run overnight, and participate in the opening ceremony, candlelight ceremony and closing ceremony.
"I love the candlelight ceremony - I love that you can look back on how far you have come and remember your journey," Rachael said.
The candlelight ceremony will be held from 6.30pm on Saturday, during which candle tributes, including bags inscribed with messages of love, are lit to honour those living with cancer and in memory of loved ones lost.
Bundaberg Relay For Life Committee Chairperson Gregory Bath said he was thrilled to have such a passionate supporter on board as Patron for 2013.
"Rachel brings so much passion and enthusiasm to the Relay and that is really uplifting for the participants," he said.
"With a range of fun and entertaining activities on offer, to emotional and empowering ceremonies being held, Relay for Life truly is an experience not to be missed, and we encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to join in.
"All funds raised supporting Cancer Council Queensland's world class cancer research, prevention and early detection programs, and patient support services."
Cancer Council Queensland hopes this year's Bundaberg Relay For Life will attract 78 teams and raise moew than $120,000 to support all Queenslanders affected by cancer.
Visit www.relayforlife.org.au or phone 1300 65 65 85 to register now!
Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.