Sarina Relay a milestone in Fiona’s battle
FOR Fiona Welsh, the Sarina Relay for Life was a milestone to show that she'd made it through another year.
The Campwin Beach resident has been diagnosed with cancer and travels to Brisbane for treatment every fortnight "to keep myself alive".
She said having about 35 people join her pink-themed Fighting for Fiona team at the weekend's event really touched her heart.
"It's very moving to think your friends are there for you, thick and thin, through the good times and the bad," she said.
Ms Welsh was first diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2009. It then came back in 2011 and it was classed as incurable.
"We have two young children, 12 and eight," she said.
"You always think you're invincible and nothing is going to take you down.
"But we still do what we can; I still live a very healthy life."
Her friends, including Sam Cumming, Jodie Cameron and Viv Coleman, were with her the whole way and have been relaying since 2012.
The first year Ms Welsh was too sick to attend.
"Last year it was my first time at Relay where I stayed until 10pm and this time I stayed the whole night," she said. "It's another milestone, another year, another celebration of life."
Walking around a field all night wasn't enough for two of her friends. Ms Coleman and her husband Craig, also shaved their heads (and beard) at the Relay.
All up, the team raised more than $22,000 for the Cancer Council and were crowned the event's highest fundraiser.
More than 600 people attended this year's relay, making it bigger than last year. "There are so many people's lives that are affected by cancer these days," Ms Welsh said.
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