Ula inspires others to join relay

Terri Weatherly and Ula Ganter don their purple Relay for Life shirts.
Terri Weatherly and Ula Ganter don their purple Relay for Life shirts.

THIS weekend will be Ula Ganter's 16th year in the Central Highlands Relay for Life - it will also mark six years since she had cancer.

Ula, this year's face of the Relay for Life, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and is thankful for the support given by the Cancer Council Queenland.

"People have cancer and they say 'why me?' - why not you?

"You just need to be positive," Ula said.

"It isn't going to heal you or get rid of your cancer, but it helps.

"Relay for Life is for people to get together and celebrate your life and remember others."

Ula will lead her team, Waltzing Matilda, at the Relay for Life event. She will be joined by her husband, sons and grandsons, who will walk alongside her in the emotional cancer survivors' walk.

"It is very powerful because we are still here... Even though you are the one with cancer, the whole family suffers with you."

Ula has her heart set on the highest fundraiser title for the second year running and said it wouldn't be possible without the support of the community.

"Fundraising and doing all of this is just really rewarding and our community is just amazing - you ask and they give," she said.

Relay for Life chairwoman Terri Weatherly said Ula was chosen to be the face of the event because of her long-time involvement in the relay.

"She is so enthusiastic and such a positive role model," Terri said.

Thirty teams from the region will be participating in Relay for Life at the Emerald Showgrounds tomorrow.

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