HUNDREDS will flock to Rofe Park, Hornsby Heights, this weekend to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer at Hornsby Relay for Life.
More than $44,000 has already been raised in the lead-up to the 14th annual Cancer Council NSW 24-hour charity fundraising event — with 42 teams and 355 participants registering to walk all night in the fight against cancer.
One participant who is determined to make her mark is Mt Colah resident and breast cancer survivor Gabrielle Tourelle.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and it was quite an aggressive breast cancer,” Ms Tourelle said.
“I was treated with surgery, radiation and drug therapy.”
Ms Tourelle was learning to become a yoga teacher when cancer struck. “I went back to work in the corporate sector but only returned three days a week after cancer and began teaching yoga and Pilates as well,” she said.
“Since then I’ve made huge lifestyle changes such as my diet, and have made commitments to other ways of healthy living.
“This has certainly helped mentally as living beyond cancer can be stressful. Medically, I am never considered cured, so when I go through the annual check-ups, it is always very intense.”
Ms Tourelle will take to the track for the first time this weekend.
All funds raised will go towards Cancer Council NSW’s research, prevention and support programs.
Register at fundraising. cancer.org.au/hornsby2017