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Elizabeth joins relay

Elizabeth Isaac,11, of Alstonville lost an index finger after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Elizabeth will take part in Relay for Life.
Elizabeth Isaac,11, of Alstonville lost an index finger after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Elizabeth will take part in Relay for Life. Jacklyn Wagner

YOU wouldn't know it from her lively and enthusiastic nature but young Elizabeth Isaac lost a finger to cancer earlier this year and it's only made her more conscious about raising awareness of cancer and wanting to do something about it.

"I wanted to make a comeback and to let people know that it can't hold you back," 11-year-old Elizabeth said.

That comeback has prompted her to take part in this weekend's Relay for Life just a month or two after she recovered from surgery to remove one of her index fingers after a rare form of cancer was found.

"Having my own experience with cancer made me want to help other people who were in my situation," Elizabeth said.

Relay for Life is a community event where teams of 10-15 people participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

Elizabeth will take part in the event this weekend in Lismore at Southern Cross University with a group of her school friends in a team called Hayley's Comets.

"I think it will be fun but I will also know I've done a good deed and helped people who might have to go through any type of cancer, not only my cancer."

Her friend's father is suffering from cancer so she'll be doing the walk among others who have an understanding of what she's gone through.

"It's good to have my friends supporting me, as my parents won't be able to be there, so it's good to know my friends will be there if I get upset," Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth's father, Greg Isaac, said that his daughter has been really brave about the amputation.

"Especially for a little girl to have something that's physically obvious, it's overcoming something that could hold her back. She's really flown with it and we are really proud of her.

"She knows that there are others out there who support her.

"Often when you are going through it, it seems like you are the only person in the world it's happening to and it's very traumatic.

"I think events like Relay for Life show that you aren't the only person, that there's lots of support for you as well and that together, if we can raise enough money, we will overcome cancer."

 

Coming up

Relay for Life will be held on April 28-29 at Southern Cross University in Lismore

All money raised helps to fund Cancer Council research

You can sponsor or join a team at relayforlife.org.au

Topics:  cancer relay for life



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