14 September 2015
Sean Hutton has lost two uncles to cancer, while his mother courageously fights it. He will continue to fundraise until cancer becomes a distant memory.
When a friend asked Sean to join Relay For Life, he jumped at the opportunity to fight against cancer after his mother had just been diagnosed with stage four bowel and liver cancer.
He knows the importance of team values and wanted to put his hope into action during Relay.
“I am involved in a worldwide karate club and wanted to start my own group. Before I knew it, we had three teams and we ended up raising quite a bit of money!” Sean said.
Sean’s passion was ignited and snowballed after watching his mother go through treatment so he decided to name one of the teams, Team GKR vs Cancer.
“My vision is to have the ‘GKR vs Cancer’ team spread to other forms of cancer fighting and fundraising.
“We have our own Facebook page where we post tips, promote healthy living and talk to other members of the Club around the world.”
The team raises funds by auctioning off time from some of the state’s best instructors, along with competitions, barbecues, bake sales, donation boxes throughout the state and end the year with a quiz night, last year raising $5,000.
In total the three teams raised over $11,000 in the cancer fight.
Sean and his 40 plus GKR members, will again participate in McLaren Vale Relay For Life in September for the second time, while joining 30 other teams as a global movement of hope in action.
Relay For Life is an amazing sight of colour, excitement and passion as hundreds of people, take on the challenge of keeping their team’s baton, and symbol of hope, moving around the track for 19 hours.
The two days include an opening ceremony where the first lap is completed by survivors and carers, as well as a Candlelight Ceremony on the Saturday evening remembering those who have lost their battles.
Sean will walk for his mother, uncles, grandfathers, grandmother, mother-in-law, friend’s daughter and wife. He takes this fight personally!
“I hate cancer. I want more people to get involved in Relay and raise money to beat it,” Sean added.
“The event is so rewarding, seeing everyone march in unity against a common, despicable foe! It’s awe inspiring, from large teams to small ones like ours who take turns walking all night.
“The feeling you get is quite hard to explain. You feel like shouting, crying and laughing all at once.”
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, says the event is all about community spirit.
“Relay is a fantastic community event. It has something for everyone and brings together people who have all been touched by cancer - survivors, carers, friends and family of all ages. All who want to bring the defeat of cancer closer!” Mr Size said.
Sean loves the build up and excitement on the day, as well as the bonds created with people from all walks of life and encourages the community to get on board.
“You simply have to do one if you haven’t already!”
“I like to think of it as each step we all take is taking us one step closer to killing off cancer.
“We simply can’t stop until it’s a memory!”
To register yourself or join a team, visit www.relayforlife.org.au.
·Saturday/Sunday 26/27 September, McLaren Vale Sporting Complex
150A Main Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171