Global Hero of Hope for Australia 2016 - Meet Christine Blunt from Bowen, QLD. Queenslander and Bowen local Christine Blunt has been selected as a 2016 Global Relay For Life Hero of Hope by the American Cancer Society.
For the past seven years, Christine has supported Cancer Council Queensland’s work in cancer control through Relay For Life and other fundraising events.
She was a CancerFREE Challenge entrant for two years and has been the Chair of the Bowen/Collinsville Relay For Life since its inception in 2010.
As a Global Hero of Hope, Christine will step forward and represent Cancer Council Queensland’s Relay For Life, share her cancer story and demonstrate the many ways people can fight back against cancer, and advocate for local, national and global public policy change.
Ms Blunt she has been a strong supporter of Cancer Council Queensland since her brother-in-law died of bowel cancer.
“When he passed away I got involved in CancerFREE Challenge to see if I could save somebody else from going through what my brother-in-law and our family had,” she said.
“That passion grew over the years and eventually I ended up starting the first Bowen / Collinsville Relay For Life event.
“For a small community, Bowen / Collinsville has really achieved a lot in the fight against cancer. Our first ever Relay was a huge success and the community continually backs the cause.”
Ms Blunt said she was greatly honoured to be named a Global Hero of Hope and was keen to use her own cancer story to inspire others.
“I am an ovarian cancer survivor and it is a mission of mine to raise important awareness of this disease,” she said. “I thought I had a hernia - but it turned out to be a tumour the size of a football I am one of the lucky ones. People should never ignore persistent symptoms no matter how trivial you feel they may be.
“More research and education is the key to beating this disease and I hope I can encourage as many people as I can to help.”
Cancer Council Queensland Relay For Life Operations Advisor Amanda Power said cancer survivors like Christine inspired hope, courage and determination to fight and eliminate cancer.
“Christine’s passion for the cause is a beacon of hope to all other cancer patients and survivors. We are immensely proud of her.” she said.