29 January 2019
Christies Beach local Dan Edwards will be taking part in the Adelaide Central Relay For Life this February in memory of a very special person in his life, his mum Sally.
Sally was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago, following a once in a lifetime adventure summiting Mount Ossa, which she and Dan completed together.
“Mum was always the super fit one in the family,” Dan explained.
“To come back from such an amazing trip and find out three months later she had a huge tumour growing inside her was a massive shock. It didn’t really seem to make any sense.”
Sally had an operation to remove the tumour and then underwent chemotherapy but sadly, lost her life in November last year.
Having also lost an aunty to brain cancer, Dan knows firsthand the impact of a cancer diagnosis. The experience motivated him to make a difference and he will be taking part in the Adelaide Central Relay For Life next month in their honour.
Dan is no stranger to Relay, having taken part in the Southern Regions Relay For Life last year. He says that it’s the event’s sense of community that makes it really special.
“We have a really strong connection to Cancer Council SA through our family’s experience, which has only gotten stronger since mum passed away.”
“Relay For Life isn’t just a way to raise money, is a way to start a conversation. You really do get a sense that everyone is there for the same reason which is what makes the event so powerful.”
This year’s Adelaide Central Relay For Life will be extra special for Dan, with his workmates from Kathmandu joining him on the track.
“My work crew surprised me by entering a team in mum’s memory which is really special. We’re called “Mall Can Do” as we’re based at the Kathmandu in Rundle Mall in the city.”
Dan, who some might recognise as the infamous ‘blue man’ from the Adelaide Strikers cheer squad, says that dressing up will definitely be a part of the weekend.
“We haven’t decided on a team theme yet but we’ll think of something. I’ll make sure I bring all of my outfits for people wear on the day. We’re not sure what we’ll be wearing, but whatever we have on, we’ll stand out!”
The “Mall Can Do” Team will join fellow relay teams at the Adelaide Central Relay For Life, held from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 February.
Established in 2002, the Adelaide Central Relay For Life is the largest event in the state, bringing together teams of all ages from across the community to unite in the fight towards a cancer free future.
Teams of friends, families and colleagues raise money in the lead up to an overnight event, where team members take turns walking around a track to signify that cancer never rests, so neither do we.
Held over 19 hours the event is an amazing example of hope in action and gives the Adelaide community the chance to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.
At the last event in 2018, the Adelaide community raised over $150,000 to support South Australians impacted by cancer, taking the Adelaide Central Relay For Life fundraising total to more than $4 million in 16 years.
Registrations for the event are now open. To join Dan and register a team visit www.relayforlife.org.au and search for ‘Adelaide Central.’
Event Details – Adelaide Central Relay For Life
Date: Saturday, 23 to Sunday 24 February
Time: Saturday at 2.00pm to Sunday at 9.00am
Location: Adelaide Showgrounds
Website: visit www.relayforlife.org.au and search for Adelaide Central