Survivors and carers are central to Relay For Life. Relay For Life in your community is an occasion to honour and celebrate local cancer survivors and their carers. It provides an avenue to remember those lost, support those who are currently battling cancer and to celebrate the lives of everyone affected by cancer. Relay celebrates lives, those both with us and those who are not.
Who is a Survivor?
Cancer Council NSW believes that each individual has the right to define their own experience with cancer and considers a cancer survivor to be anyone who defines themself this way, from the time of diagnosis throughout the balance their life.
Who is a Carer?
For every survivor and loved one celebrated and remembered, there was at least one carer beside them through their journey. The term ‘carer’ or ‘caregiver’ refers to more than the primary health care provider. A carer or caregiver could be a family member, friend, loved one, or other support person who lends physical, emotional, or other support to someone throughout the cancer journey.
Survivors and Carers lap of honour
The first lap of Relay honours cancer survivors and their carers who take to the track proudly wearing coloured sashes. All participants gather around the track to applaud the courage and strength shown by those completing the lap. With motivation levels high, all are eager to hit the track as Relay For Life begins with all participants walking the second lap together.
All cancer survivors and carers are welcome to take part in the walk whether they are part of a team or not.
If you would like to be a part of the Survivors and Carers lap, please contact your local Cancer Council office to register.
Relay For Life is a moving celebration of cancer survivorship and is an opportunity to promote a message of HOPE that affirms people do survive cancer.
For the newly diagnosed, Relay offers a chance to meet someone who has survived the same type of cancer. For the cancer patient in treatment, Relay provides an opportunity to share with others. For the long-term survivor, Relay encourages recognition of their struggle.
Caregivers also find hope in Relay For Life. These special individuals give their time, love and support to friends, family and neighbours who face cancer. At Relay, everyone understands the challenges and joys of being a caregiver. There is peace of mind knowing that together we can face the challenges ahead.
This is a beautiful that the American Cancer Society made to show us how important carers are!