TRIBUTE: The Freeman family’s Relay for Raels team each year participates in memory of Raelene Freeman.
TRIBUTE: The Freeman family’s Relay for Raels team each year participates in memory of Raelene Freeman.

Relay for Life, a moving tribute to loved ones

RELAY For Life has become a big family affair for the Freeman family whose team, Relay for Raels, is participating in the Coffs Coast Relay for Life as a tribute to the loving memory of Raelene Freeman, known by most as Raels.

"My mother was such a beautiful, happy, bright, bubbly and positive person, even after her diagnosis of bowel cancer in 2008," team captain Rhiarn Freeman said

"Raels fought courageously for seven years, enduring courses of chemotherapy and other treatments when the cancer spread. We were really blessed to have been able to share her life's journey".

The team of family and friends will have a large presence at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds on the Saturday, May 23; many being associated with Coffs Coast Hockey Club and some travelling up from the Central Coast in support.

Our team consists of 18 members but we are looking to have at least 25 in all.

Pippa Tabone, Cancer Council NSW Community Relations Co-ordinator proudly announced, "Relay for Raels is currently Coffs Coast top fundraising team, having raised $1100 to date through their online Facebook site".

Rhiarn said a strong social media drive has seen the donation target top 73%.

"We would be delighted to reach or even surpass our goal, so please keep supporting this wonderful cause and donate to Relay by logging on to: fundraising.cancer .org.au/coffscoast2015 and follow the links. Every donation helps beat cancer".

In Australia around 90 men and women die each week from bowel cancer.

In fact, Coffs Harbour is among the top five for the highest incidence of bowel cancer in New South Wales.

Survival rates are significantly improved when the disease is detected and treated early.

"Almost 30% more Australians are alive today who would have otherwise died from cancer 20 years ago," Pippa said.

"This is due to continuing investment into research, which has resulted in improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatments. As Cancer Council is 97% public funded, these achievements are not possible without the generosity and support of our communities and events like Relay For Life."

To register for Relay go to fundraising.cancer.org.au/coffscoast2015, call or email Pippa 6659 8402, pippa.tabone @nswcc.org.au