Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Remembering Betty; the Relay for Life Team Doing It for a Much-Loved Grandma

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Remembering Betty; the Relay for Life Team Doing It for a Much-Loved Grandma

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Byline: Katrina Corcoran Katrina.Corcoran@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

WHEN Michael Doherty first took part in the annual Relay for Life a few years ago, it was because he wanted to help the fight against cancer.

But when he dons his shoes for this year's relay, it will be for a much more personal reason.

He'll be honouring his grandma, Betty McMullen, who passed away suddenly from cancer in November.

Michael and his two younger brothers, Mathew and Ryan, along with their mum, Suzanne, and a host of friends have formed a team called 'Betty's Roses'.

"We decided on the team name because Grandma's wedding bouquet was made of roses," Michael said.

"She passed away just 11 days after finding out she had cancer.

"It is my hope that one day, with help from the Cancer Council, no family will have to go through the pain that mine has recently endured.

"A lot of people are touched by cancer in one way or another and the Cancer Council has always been a worthy cause."

The Hervey Bay Relay for Life will be held on the weekend of October 20-21 at the Stafford Park, on the corner of Bideford St and Boundary Rd.

At the same time, the Maryborough Relay for Life will be held at the Maryborough Showgrounds.

Both events start at 3pm on Saturday with the opening ceremonies, and wrap up with the closing ceremonies at 8.30am on Sunday before the relays end.

At 6pm on Saturday there will be moving candlelight ceremonies and memorial slide shows honouring members of our community lost to cancer.

During the 18-hour relays, team members take turns moving their baton in relay fashion around the track. Continuing to relay overnight signifies that "cancer never rests so neither will we".

This year's theme is "Going for Gold" so expect to see participants dressed as Olympic teams, prospectors, pirates and other creative interpretations of the theme.

Seagulls Rugby League Club has become sponsors by accommodating the 16th annual event on its home grounds. …

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