MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The East Lismore Hockey Club’s Relay for Life team has already registered for next year’s event.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The East Lismore Hockey Club’s Relay for Life team has already registered for next year’s event. Contributed

Cancer battles motivate hockey team for Relay for Life

FOR Tracey Gooley, the decision to get involved in the Cancer Council's Relay for Life was personal.

The East Lismore Hockey Club captain said her experiences watching family, friends and carers battle cancer motivated her to put together a hockey club team to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Council.

Life member dies

"One of our life members passed away with Multiple Myeloma - bone cancer," she said.

"He touched so many lives not only as a wonderful mate and friend to many in the community (but) he was (also) a stalwart of the East Lismore Hockey club, a brilliant coach, awesome player and represented Australia."

Ms Gooley said caring for her grandfather, who battled bowel cancer for years, had raised her awareness.

"As a young girl I went through this with him every day, watching him, supporting him, caring and trying to be there when he needed," she said.

"Not too long afterwards my father was diagnosed with the same horrible disease and we all went through the same process, but this time it was more bearable with the staff and medical system assisting.

Donations make a difference

"You can see first hand what kind of results are being made every day from funds through generous donations around the world that contribute to more research and medical equipment, nurses, doctors and medicines to help try to fight back."

Preparations are well under way for the eighth biennial Lismore and Villages Relay for Life at the Southern Cross University campus in Lismore on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3.

Relay for Life popular

Northern Rivers Cancer Council community engagement co-ordinator Abby Wallace said 10 teams had already registered six months out.

"Over 80 teams and 1117 participants registered for the last Relay in 2014 and we hope to increase the number of participants for this year's Relay to make it even bigger and better," she said.

Get involved

Registrations for the community event are now open and teams can registers for the early bird rate of $15 per person

Registration includes a Relay For Life shirt and free breakfast at the event

People can register online at fundraising.cancer.org.au/lismore2016



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