Man walking for cancer cure
AFTER eight years of walking for a cure, Gerard Lowien’s commitment to Relay for Life hasn’t wavered.
This year, the 51-year-old father of three will be joined by his three daughters, Kara, 16, Katelyn, 14 and Danielle, 11, as well as members of his extended family, as part of the Gerry and the Cure Bears team.
Relay is an international event, involving teams of 10 to 15 people walking around a track overnight for 18 hours, to celebrate cancer survival and fundraise to fight back against cancer.
The 2011 Ipswich Relay For Life will be held on March 26 and 27.
Mr Lowien said it was a cause which touched his family deeply, with his wife Angela currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
“It is pretty close to home,” Mr Lowien said.
“I lost my dad nine years ago to pancreatic cancer.
“My mum battled breast cancer in 1983, but is still going strong.”
In addition he lost his sister-in-law to bowel cancer last November, with his brother-in-law currently in remission for the same disease.
Mr Lowien said the team aimed to celebrate those who had beaten the disease, support those currently going through it and remember those who had lost the fight.
“I hope one day we can find a cure,” he said.
“Relay is my own personal way to do my bit towards that.”
Daughter Kara said her mum was a big motivator in her desire to take part.
“I want to support mum and other members of the family,” she said. “I hope one day we can find a cure for the other people out there.”
All funds raised from Relay For Life are invested in Cancer Council Queensland’s research, patient support services and education programs.
To support the team, people can visit http://qld.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/TeamPage.aspx?teamID=40354&langPref=en-CA or www.relayforlife.org.au to join a team of their own.