Cydney a relay regular

Cydney a relay regular
Cydney a relay regular

AFTER nine years of taking part in Relay for Life, Mercedes College student Cydney Collins says she is still amazed by the event’s emotional atmosphere.

The Year 10 student, who has done the relay since she was five, lost two grandparents to cancer and it has touched the lives of her father and three other family members.

On April 30, Cydney will voluntarily help co-ordinate the annual relay in Mt Claremont, which will include thousands of participants walking around WA Athletics Stadium for 24 hours.

“The atmosphere is the best part – you’ll be walking the track and you’ll get into a conversation with people you don’t know and they’ll tell you their story,” Cydney said.

“The thing I find amazing is they’ll tell you their story and still be able to smile about it.”

Cydney said cancer survivors and their carers walked the opening lap.

“It’s definitely the highlight – you feel emotional at the time but you always walk away feeling better,” she said.

“For me personally, because I’ve had so many people affected by cancer in my life it’s something I’ll continue to do every year – it’s part of my life.”

The relay has been held by the Cancer Council of WA (CCWA) since 2001 and supports cancer patients and their families.

It has raised $14 million.

CCWA will hold seminars with event information and fundraising tips at the Milroy Lodge in Bedbrook Place, Shenton Park, on April 6, 18 and 26.

To donate to Relay for Life, visit http://bit.ly/|1T3SH7i.