Survivors and carers lead the way at the Dalby Relay for Life last year.
Survivors and carers lead the way at the Dalby Relay for Life last year. Contributed

Survivors invited to kick off Relay for Life

THE countdown is on to the Dalby Relay For Life with just eight days until hundreds of locals take to the track on the 18 hour walk for cancer.

Dalby Cancer Council member Meg Doyle said the survivors walk is one of the most important parts of the relay.

"It's about showing people that you can live with cancer, that it's not necess- arily a death sentence, and to give them hope,” she said.

Mrs Doyle has been involved in the Dalby Relay For Life since day one and said it's always a very moving day.

"The candlelight ceremony is just terribly moving and it can be teary remembering people you've lost to cancer and those that have survived,” she said.

"I think it's good for people to meet up again each year as well.”

The relay is Dalby Cancer Council's biggest fundrais- ing event of the year with more than $33,000 raised for last year's event.

A week out from the walk, this year's teams are half way to the goal with more than $16,000 in the bank.

Mrs Doyle said it is more important than ever to stand behind events like the Relay For Life as more people are being diagnosed with cancer each year.

"I would say there's not a family that's not affected by cancer,” she said.

"It might not be immediate family but it'll be a close friend or an aunt or an uncle or something.”

Dalby's Relay will start with an opening ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, October 12, followed by the first lap and an afternoon tea for survivors and carers.

The candlelight ceremony will be held at 7pm.

The Dalby Cancer Council invite anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or has cared for someone with cancer to get involved in the relay.