"We are making a difference and in order to continue to do so, it is important to find improved treatments and prevention strategies by raising funds for research through Relay For Life events."
My name is Kathie Collins. While I am not a cancer survivor myself, I have had three close friends die from cancer. This inspires me to do what I do for Cancer Council and Relay For Life.
I have been involved with numerous Cancer Council NSW programs and services over many years. Getting the message out to the community about what Cancer Council NSW does is important to me. I was the chairperson of Western Sydney Regional Council Network for 3 years, and was also the chair of Blacktown Cancer Network from 2007 until 2015.
Relay For Life is an event that I am truly passionate about and grateful for. My Relay for Life journey commenced when I was invited to go for walk around a track at Penrith Relay in 2002. I didn’t know anything about what Relay was and went along with my friend. As I walked around Penrith Relay, I knew that it was special and decided I would register a team the following year. As well as entering a team in the Penrith Relay, I also decided to round up a group of volunteers to execute a Relay in my hometown of Blacktown we raised $40,000 in our inaugural year and the event still takes place annually to this day.
We are making a difference and in order to continue to do so, it is important to find improved treatments and prevention strategies by raising funds for research through Relay For Life events. That’s what’s important to me.