Sue King's Story
"As we know, cancer does not discriminate. It is important to have the whole country on the “same page” to do all we can to help eradicate this hideous disease."
My Relay for Life experience began in 2003 with my chapter of Soroptimist International, “Optimistic Sisters”, in memory of a fellow member who had passed away due to cancer. I didn’t really know much about the event and I had limited exposure to cancer before this. I soon realised just how many people were affected by the disease and how this event brought the community together. The camaraderie among strangers in the 40+ teams was nothing but amazing.
In 2005 I founded my own team from my small community of Ridgley Tasmania, ‘Ridgley Rascals’. We have been Relaying for 13 years now, and although our team members have changed over those years, we still have a strong passion to work towards a cancer-free world.
Inspired by the hard working committee, I joined them in 2007 as the Entertainment Co-ordinator and I love this aspect of the Relay bringing enjoyment through music to uplift the spirit of participants as they walk around the track.
Early in 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, which gave me a whole different feel for the Relay. Thankfully I was able to still be at the event that year, and the compassion, friendship, support and love I received from so many people at the Relay brought me to tears many times. I was experiencing the Relay through different eyes. I finally really understood what it was all about, and how all those survivors and their families felt about the Relay. I love it with a passion.
Today I am a proud survivor and continued member of Ridgley Rascals and the North West RFL Committee, along with the 85+ teams we now have participating in the North West Relay for Life in Tasmania. We will continue to work together and support Cancer Council Tasmania to help with much-needed funds for research, prevention and support of those enduring the disease.