‘I will beat this cancer’

Amanda Chila
Amanda Chila

But this year’s WA Cancer Council event took on greater meaning two weeks ago when the captain of two Joondalup Martial Arts relay teams was told by her doctor she had breast cancer.

‘We thought I had developed a cyst, but a mammogram confirmed it was breast cancer,’ Amanda said.

‘Being a nurse, I have seen many people deal with cancer, and I know it is no longer a death sentence, so I made a conscious decision from day one that I can demonstrate to my children that this is a test of my tenacity and strength.

‘This is a challenge.

‘There are lots of people out there facing the same challenge. It’s something you have to take head-on. I will beat this thing knowing I have the love and the support of my family and friends.’

The members of the Joondalup Martial Arts teams range in age from 12 to 60.

Amanda said she encourage thed martial arts club members to join the relay.

‘The kids and parents were very supportive and before long we had enough volunteers to field two teams,’ she said.

‘We have been fundraising lots of different ways, with cake stalls, sausage sizzles and so on. The kids help out where they can, so it is a real team effort.’

Amanda, who began chemotherapy last week, said she was determined to take part in the Relay for Life.

Joondalup Wanneroo Relay For Life
– Noon, Saturday, October 19 to noon, Sunday, October 20.
– Held over 24 hours to signify cancer never sleeps.
– Most team members will stay overnight in tents, rostering sleep with relay
duty to ensure someone is always on the track.
– Funds raised before and at the event for WA Cancer Council for research
and support programs.