Baton passed in cancer fight

Scott Norman handing over the baton to new chair Pat Strahan.
Scott Norman handing over the baton to new chair Pat Strahan.

THE new chair of Joondalup-Wanneroo Relay For Life, like the majority of the team, has a very personal reason for her involvement, losing her beloved father to cancer.

“Joining Relay for Life empowered me, as it enabled me to use my skills to fight back against cancer,” Pat Strahan said. “My vision for the event is for it to have a carnival feel, while still having a focus on the goal of achieving a cancer-free future for our community.”

She invited everyone to join them on October 19-20 at HBF Arena for the annual event, where the community comes together to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and give teams of families, friends and colleagues an opportunity to raise money to fight back against cancer.

For the past 11 years the passionate local volunteers have worked tirelessly to make the event a success. Scott Norman has been involved for the past nine years but has reluctantly passed the baton to Pat, as his work with the Salvation Army has taken him to Geraldton.

Last year the funds raised went towards services such as providing 1921 wigs, turbans, hats and scarves for cancer sufferers at no cost to them, increasing the cancer knowledge of 715 GPs through Cancer Council WA’s education program, providing 1757 free counselling sessions to those affected by cancer and $245,527 was used to assist West Australians experiencing hardship while undergoing treatment.

“Surviving cancer shouldn’t be determined by your bank balance”, Ms Strahan said. “I’m dedicated to using my 30 years of event management experience to ensure that Relay For Life Joondalup raises over $300,000 this year to ensure that these critical services continue.”

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