Amy leads the cancer fight

THERE was an air of defiance among the nearly 1000 people that gathered at QEII Park in Casino on Saturday for the Relay For Life.

A fighting spirit against an insidious modern disease affecting so many people from all ages and backgrounds.

One of those fighters is 11-year-old Amy Snow, of Fairy Hill.

Backed up by her friends Madison Drum and Chelsea Puxty, both 12, of Casino, the young cancer survivor was preparing for a long night of walking.

"I had leukaemia when I was five," she said.

"Then I had four years of chemo."

Amy and her friends had held a Mother's Day raffle to help get to this year's target of $40,221.

"The amount is that exact because that's what we need to break the $200,000 mark, which is what we have raised since Relay for Life started in Casino," organiser Annette Benn said.

The Miss Relay competition ended up being split between an adult and junior competition. Junior Miss Relay was Jack Benn, who raised $409.65 and Senior Miss Relay was Dylan Clifford, who raised $332.75.

 

CANCER WARRIORS: Amy Snow, 11, of Fairy Hill, Madison Drum, 12, of Casino, and Chelsea Puxty, 12, of North Casino.
CANCER WARRIORS: Amy Snow, 11, of Fairy Hill, Madison Drum, 12, of Casino, and Chelsea Puxty, 12, of North Casino. Samantha Elley

Raffle winners

  • 1st - Sharks autographed jersey: Norma Smites.
  • 2nd - Return flights to Sydney: Marlene Walsh.
  • 3rd - 81cm TV: Alex Savins.
  • 4th - Sea kayaking pass: D. Gooley.