Amy prepares to honour
her dad at 10th Relay
By Nadia Surace
THREE years ago Amy McCormick lost her dad, Ron, or ‘Pud’ as he was affectionately known, less than five months after he was diagnosed to pancreatic cancer.
Since then Amy’s ministry has been to help researchers find a cure.
The Statewide Pest Control employee will take part in her third Relay for Life annual Cancer Council fundraiser this year and is calling on other local businesses to support the event’s Corporate Challenge in October.
“We can all do our own little bit to help and if businesses jump on board we would have a greater chance of finding a cure and bettering treatments for people with cancer,” Amy said.
“Any workplace can enter to help support the 337 locals diagnosed with cancer each year.”
This year’s October 15 event at Princess Park is the tenth Relay for Life in Shepparton and the first to feature a corporate challenge.
Relay for Life sees members of relay teams take turns to walk through the night to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. The event also features remembrance ceremonies, live entertainment, and activities suitable for all ages.
Amy says one of the best things about Relay for Life is the support network it provides to participants.
“Losing my dad was the most traumatic experience of my life. It hits you like a tonne of bricks,” she said.
“Everyone there has been affected by cancer in some way so there is this amazing understanding among everybody and a real fighting spirit.”
Some of Amy’s nine siblings, now living in different parts of Australia, plan to again return home to the Goulburn Valley to take part in the event for the third time also.
“It’s a way that we honour our dad,” Amy said.
Shepparton Relay for Life has raised more than $2 million for Cancer Council Victoria.
For event details go to: www.relayforlife.org.au or phone: 1300 65 65 85.