For the first time in its more than 10-year history, Maryborough’s annual Relay for Life event will be led by two patrons, sisters Elizabeth and Emma Lewington.
The youngest patrons to ever lead the event, 13-year-old Elizabeth and 14-year-old Emma have been taking part in Relay for Life since 2013, the year their dad, Alex, was diagnosed with stage four cancer.
Diagnosed in early 2013 with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the oral cavity, which affected the floor of his mouth and underside of his tongue, Alex said the experience was “life changing”.
“You have to be pragmatic about it, I was sick, I had medicine and I got better,” he said.
“The experience was obviously life changing — not only appearance-wise but mentally and emotionally as well.
“The kids have been brilliant, this was a long and confronting journey for all of us and I’m very proud of them both.”
Staying in Maryborough while Alex underwent treatment in Sydney, it wasn’t long before Emma and Elizabeth started their involvement with Relay for Life.
Maryborough’s Relay for Life event will take place from 4 pm this Friday, February 28 at Princes Park, Maryborough before finishing at 10 am on Saturday.
Registrations for participants and teams are open right up to the event and can be made either in person at Princes Park on the day of the event, or online by searching for Relay for Life Maryborough.
For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 25