Relaying message of hope for cancer
AT JUST 14, Kyogle cancer survivor Breanna Whitney has fought more battles than most people will in a lifetime. She was diagnosed with leukaemia at two years old and went through two years of painful treatments and chemotherapy. Blessed with a second chance, Breanna now focuses her energy into dancing and every type of sport she can fit into her calendar. On Saturday, she set out to complete as many laps of the Kyogle Showground as she could for the 18-hour Cancer Council Kyogle district Relay for Life. "I want to let people know you can beat cancer," she said. The inaugural relay attracted 32 teams and over 500 people to raise money and awareness about cancer. The aim was to have at least two people walking around the track at all times from 3pm Saturday to 10am Sunday. Anna Fitzalan , breast cancer survivor and chair of the Relay for Life committee, said the idea was simple. "Cancer does not sleep, so neither will we!" she said. "We will continue walking to remember those who battled hard and didn't survive." Around 50 local cancer survivors and their carers led the relay with a lap of honour. Doctor Andrew Penman, chairman of Cancer Council NSW, presented Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett with a plaque commemorating a new partnership with council. "We share the conviction that cancer will be defeated. That will come in our lifetime, or in the lifetimes of our children," he said. "I also want to acknowledge the courage of these survivors. I hope what we have achieved for you, we can achieve in the future for those who may not yet survive."