RELAY For Life Joondalup Wanneroo holds a special place in the hearts of young northern suburbs couple Amelia Hewison and Robi Boscarino.
It was at the inaugural event in 2008 that they first met, as a pair of 16-year-olds, during the survivor’s lap.
Amelia was in recovery after overcoming kidney and liver cancer, while Robi was fighting lymphoma.
“There weren’t any survivors our age participating when Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo first started,” Amelia said.
“We were the youngest ones, so we just naturally had a chat and did the walk together.
“Since then the event has attracted many young families.
“They have a survivors’ lunch afterwards, and we sat together at lunch and had a chat.”
It was the start of a beautiful friendship, one that eventually blossomed into love.
“We were just mates for ages,” Amelia laughed.
The good friends became a couple in 2015, and will marry later this year.
Together they have participated in every Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo as part of a team, a volunteer and in the candlelight ceremony.
Amelia is the lone piper who plays Amazing Grace during the very moving remembrance tribute.
“We’ve always been involved,” Robi said.
“The first lap of relay is the Survivor’s Lap and we enjoy doing the first lap together.
“We have loved seeing this part of the event grow to be bigger and better each year.”
Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo is organised by the Cancer Council WA and is an opportunity for people to celebrate, remember and fightback for those who have overcome or are still fighting cancer. .
This year’s 24-hour event will be held at HBF Arena, Joondalup, commencing at noon on Saturday, October 21 – and there will be a happy couple walking that first lap hand in hand.
To register for Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo click here.