2021 Gladstone Faces of Relay for Life call for community support

2021 Gladstone Faces of Relay for Life call for community support

17-year-old Gladstone local Sierra Knopke was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) at age 12 after going to her doctor for a stinging collar bone.

“I don’t think many young people think cancer will happen to them, if they think about it at all,” she said.

Sierra is a Face of Relay for Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ)’s 2021 Relay for Life, and hopes to encourage young people to rally behind this year’s event.

“Relay for Life is a fun and uplifting event to raise awareness in our community about the impact cancer has on so many lives,” she said.

“At the same time, we’re raising much-needed funds to support Cancer Council Queensland, enabling them to assist those who require help during their battle to get well, and stay well.”

The Gladstone Relay for Life Committee aims to raise $80,000 through this year’s relay, which will take place on July 24 at Chanel College.

Dedicated CCQ volunteer John Cunningham will stand with Sierra as this year’s second Face of Relay, and said he was grateful for the not-for-profit’s support throughout his cancer experience.

“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago, and faced a choice between imminent death or a life without a prostate, the decision was an easy one,” he said.

“Shortly after diagnosis I underwent a radical prostatectomy to remove my prostate and luckily follow up scans showed I was free of cancer.

“Fast forward ten years I’m thankfully still cancer-free, and am forever grateful for the services Cancer Council Queensland offer for those like me who fight cancer.”

CCQ CEO Ms Chris McMillan said this year’s Gladstone Relay For Life will be unforgettable, and that the charity was delighted to have two empowering Faces of Relay.

“The community can expect an action-packed day during this year’s Gladstone Relay For Life,” Ms McMillan said.

“By joining Ms Knopke and Mr Cunningham at the Gladstone’s Relay For Life, you will give hope to locals affected by cancer and help us get one step closer to a cancer-free future.

“Please register a team or donate to your local Relay for Life, together, we’re an unstoppable force and can stop cancer in its tracks.”

Participating in Relay for Life is a great way to support CCQ, and help make a vital difference right here in the Gladstone Region.
The event is for everyone, no matter your age, or fitness level, you can get involved and make a difference with funds raised going towards life-saving cancer research, prevention programs and support services.



Gladstone Relay for Life Event Details

Date: July 24

Time: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Theme: Masquerade

Location: 11 Paterson St, West Gladstone
To register or donate: www.relayforlife.org.au or 1300 65 65 85