The physical education teacher is the first ambassador for SITS, which aims to raise awareness about sarcoma disease, which primarily affects adolescents.
Ms McGurk said she was delighted to be associated with SITS, but those who had left their legacies were the real ambassadors.
‘I am just grateful that I am able to use my influence to deliver their message, help create awareness and continue to honour the brave people who have fought so hard to overcome such a debilitating form of cancer,’ Ms McGurk said.
‘The more attention that can be bought to those fighting this form of cancer, the more likely we are to finding the cure.’
Ms McGurk said the Smarter Than Smoking campaign was about empowering individuals to be strong enough to make good choices and influence those around them.
‘Although the repercussions of your choices are not immediate they are imminent,’ she said. ‘The health issues related to smoking are countless and fatal, and the damage you do affects all of those around you.’