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Toowoomba woman's mission for her mum

HAPPY TIMES: Amber Summers (left) wants to raise awareness and funds for cancer after recently losing her mum Deborah Hughes to a brain tumour.
HAPPY TIMES: Amber Summers (left) wants to raise awareness and funds for cancer after recently losing her mum Deborah Hughes to a brain tumour. Contributed

LAST year Toowoomba radiation therapist Amber Summers did Relay for Life for her patients and her mum who had been undergoing intensive treatment for a brain tumour.

This year Ms Summers is already planning to relay again, but this time in memory of her mum Deborah Hughes who died in February aged just 55.

"Mum was an incredibly loving and giving person and I feel like I can somehow light a candle for that," Ms Summers said.

 

Amber Summers with her mother Debbie Hughes, who recently died from a brain tumour.
Amber Summers with her mother Debbie Hughes, who recently died from a brain tumour. Contributed

But it is not just Relay for Life, she wants to raise more awareness for the Cancer Council and services in Toowoomba that help, including her workplace the Radiation Oncology Centre at St Andrew's Hospital.

"It is very rewarding, which is a very cliche thing to say. But it is nice to meet different people from different walks of life," she said.

Ms Summers has a history of cancer in her family with her grandmother and uncle dying from brain tumours in 2011, but said her story was not unique with many families affected in the same way.

 

The Relay for Life team from the Radiation Oncology Centre (from left) Amber Summers, Kardy Schick and Claire Smith.
The Relay for Life team from the Radiation Oncology Centre (from left) Amber Summers, Kardy Schick and Claire Smith. Contributed

"In some ways it was easier, but also harder being in the line of work I was in and having that understanding of what was happening," she said.

Ms Summers will relay with her team from the Radiation Oncology Centre on May 20-21 at Queens Park..

"Mothers Day is in May, mum's birthday is in May and it's my way of giving back when I can't really give anything to her."

To donate and to find out more go to relayforlife.org.au, click donate and search ROC Toowoomba or Amber Summers.

Topics:  cancer cancer council relay for life st andrews toowoomba hospital toowoomba


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