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Rain didn't stop relayers

Emma Kopcikas, 21 with Lauren Coyle 28 who is a cancer survivor. They are both from Lismore.
Emma Kopcikas, 21 with Lauren Coyle 28 who is a cancer survivor. They are both from Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

"CANCER doesn't sleep and cancer doesn't stop because it's a bit wet," Lismore Relay for Life participant Keryn Bryen said as the rain poured down on Saturday.

Heavy rain made The Maurie Ryan Oval at Southern Cross University unusable for the Lismore Relay For Life Cancer Council fundraiser and participants did laps of the university plaza instead.

For the first time, more than 100 teams - 3000 people in total - took part and $120,000 was raised.

Ms Bryen's team was made up of four generations of her family and the youngest member was just 23 months and the oldest was 83 years.

"My Mum and I are both cancer survivors," Ms Bryen said.

"I wanted to walk with Mum and Dad while we were all still fit and able, so we decided to do it this year."

In another first for Lismore Relay for Life, some people swam instead of walked.

Two teams from Trinity Lismore Swimming Club swam laps of the university pool from 3pm on Saturday until 9am Sunday.

"We were going to walk in the Relay for Life but then we thought, 'We're a swimming club, so why not do it swimming'," Trinity Lismore Swimming Club member Tiffany Whitelaw said. "To the best of my knowledge, no one has actually done a swim for Relay for Life, so we're hoping to set a new record and swim for 18 hours."

She said Trinity Lismore Swimming Club members were able to be competitive during Lismore Relay for Life and do what they love for a good cause.

Lismore Relay for Life committee member Don Whitelaw said the main purpose of Relay for Life was to "inject funds to help people who have cancer and hopefully find a cure".

"Every family is affected in some way by cancer."

Topics:  cancer council, relay for life



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