Caitlin (15) got together with three of her friends, who had also experienced loss through cancer, to form Precious Cargo, a fundraising team in this year’s Rottnest Channel Swim.
Caitlin paid tribute to her aunt, saying she loved her very dearly.
‘She is a very strong woman and a great role model to other young mums out there battling this horrible disease,’ she said.
She said her aunt was determined to beat the illness with the support of her husband and two children.
‘She went into remission for about three months, but the cancer came back,’ Caitlin said. ‘She has had several operations and is still optimistic.’
The girls raised more than $2000 for WA Cancer Council and gave older rivals a run for their money.
As one of the youngest teams to enter the swim, they were the eighth female team to finish from 60 women’s entrants.