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Survivor ready to lead Gympie Relay

Four years ago, Rob returned from an overseas holiday to news that turned his world upside down he had cancer.

Article by: Contributors at The Gympie Times

The Gympie local was diagnosed with cancer in his vocal chords and required extensive treatment in Brisbane.

Mr Lumsden spent six weeks at Cancer Council Queensland’s Charles Wanstall Apex Lodge in Brisbane a home-away-from-home provided at no cost for regional cancer patients travelling for treatment.

The experience spurred him on to give back and support others affected by cancer by taking part in Cancer Council Queensland’s Gympie Relay For Life each year.

In recognition of his ongoing commitment, Mr Lumsden was named Face of Gympie Relay For Life 2016, to be held October 29-30 at One Mile Ovals.

Mr Lumsden said he was honoured to be named the Face of Relay and encouraged the community to get involved.

“There will never be enough that I can give back to Cancer Council. My only wish is that one day we raise enough funds to find a cure,” he said.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way but the more we can raise, the more hope we can give for a cancer free future.”

Mr Lumsden will be joined at Relay For Life by his team, Team Hope, and will lead the survivors and carers walk to officially open the event.

He invited local cancer survivors and carers to join him for the opening lap.

“At Relay For Life you meet so many inspirational people who are all there for the same reason to help make a difference,” he said.

Locals can register for the opening survivors and carers lap at the Relay registration desk at One Mile Ovals on Saturday, October 29 from 1pm.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift challenged the community to team up and join Mr Lumsden at Relay.

“Relay For Life is an event which unites the community and offers vital support to those who need it most,” Ms Clift said.

“By walking at Relay, providing support, and fundraising, we can give hope for a cancer free future.”

Relay For Life is an 18 hour event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, in support of the one in two Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 

To register a team, donate or find out more, visit or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85.

Early bird registrations are $20 per person and close on July 29. After that, registrations will be $30 per person or $40 on the day.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit or call 13 11 20