Lee McCarthy is gearing up for next year’s Relay for Life in March 2012. Lee is making hand sewn items as raffle prizes to raise money.
Lee McCarthy is gearing up for next year’s Relay for Life in March 2012. Lee is making hand sewn items as raffle prizes to raise money. Claudia Baxter

Racing to be ready for relay

CANCER survivor Lee McCarthy is already gearing up for next year's Relay For Life, less than two months after the last relay event.

Her sewing machine and fabrics are out, and she is racing through tablecloths, advent calendars and other handmade items to raffle off for the upcoming relay.

Mrs McCarthy's Ipswich Breast Cancer Support Group team has already registered for 2012.

While it may seem like Mrs McCarthy is getting excited a bit too early, she knows that next year's Relay For Life will return to the original March timeslot.

"Not many people know that the relay will switch back next year, so I'm trying to help get the word out about that," Mrs McCarthy said.

The cheerful North Ipswich resident has good reason to support the event, having suffered from four cases of cancer herself.

"I've had melanomas burnt off, I suffered terribly from breast cancer, and from bowel cancer last year," Mrs McCarthy said.

"When you're a survivor yourself or have lost someone to cancer, the relay becomes much more important."

Next year's event will be Ipswich's 9th annual relay, and will raise funds for the cancer council as part of the national Relay for Life fundraising drive.

Teams can register for the March event online www.relayforlife.org.au, and will go into the draw to receive a $500 Coles Myer gift card if they do so before December 12.



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