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Nancy's Story

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"I hope that through being involved in Relay For Life I can support Cancer Council SA’s research, support, advocacy and prevention campaigns and ensure that my family and others in our community are able to lead a long, cancer free life."

My name is Nancy Murdock and I am a cancer survivor. Cancer has always been a part of our family I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and have battled cancer three times. My mum, dad two brothers and sister have all passed away from cancer and my son and other sister are currently battling the disease.

Cancer Council SA has been a really important part of my life. When I was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995 I used Cancer Council SA’s services and they also supported me by providing me with somewhere to stay when I was in Adelaide for treatment. My connection with Cancer Council SA motived me to take part in Relay For Life and I first took part in the Riverland event as a survivor in the survivors March. I can remember my first march a young girl called Kardinia was marching in front of me. She had gone through many cancer operations on her legs and was determined to walk all the way around the oval without any assistance from her mother. Unfortunately she could not make the distance and fell to the ground sobbing and her mother had to pick her up. This had a huge emotional impact on me and I then decided that I would do more to help raise funds to support Cancer Council SA

I have been participating in Relay For Life for 12 years and joined the Riverland Relay for Life Organising Committee in 2006. I have continued to be active on the committee every year since I joined - this includes organising logistics, ceremonies, entertainment, guest speakers, the team recruitment survivors march & luncheon, the street march and also engaging local tradespeople to donate goods and services for the event. I was also proud to instigate the Survivors March where we met at the local Riverfront for our opening ceremony and then walked back to the oval through the streets of Berri.

In addition to the Committee involvement I have entered a fundraising team every year and were have proudly taken out the title of highest fundraisers, raising over $125,000 for Cancer Council SA. I love being a part of Relay For Life as it raises the profile of Cancer Council SA in the local community, helps to provide education on cancer research and prevention and gives family members grieving a chance to remember their loved ones.

I have the greatest respect for the Cancer Council SA, the support they offer and their fundraising and education activities. I hope that through being involved in Relay For Life I can support Cancer Council SA’s research, support, advocacy and prevention campaigns and ensure that my family and others in our community are able to lead a long, cancer free life.