Ronnie Martyn will take to the track at Border Rivers Relay For Life this April to give hope to those in his community, like himself, touched by cancer.
In May 2016, the Border Rivers local was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer; a diagnosis that changed the then 48-years-old’s life straight away.
After being flown to Toowoomba Base Hospital, Mr Martyn was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane for emergency surgery.
He then started on chemotherapy and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
While he undergoes treatment in Toowoomba, Mr Martyn stays at Cancer Council Queensland’s Olive McMahon Lodge.
“All the girls there are like family – not only do they look after me, but they look after my wife and kids too,” he said.
“I find it very comforting staying at the lodge and being able to talk to people going through a similar experience.”
In honour of his fight and passion for raising awareness, Mr Martyn has been named the face of this year’s Border Rivers Relay For Life, held April 21-22 at Gilbert Oval in Goondiwindi.
At the event he will lead the opening lap to kick off the event and share his story in more detail.
In the meantime, he hopes to encourage more teams to sign up and participate in the event, as he knows only too well where the funds raised go.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillian said Border Rivers Relay For Life organisers were delighted to have Ronnie on board.
“Relay is more than just a fundraiser, it’s a community event for a great cause, supporting survivors and raising awareness of ways to beat the disease,” Ms McMillan said.
“If you’re passionate about cancer prevention, early detection, research and support, or are looking for a way to give back in the community – join Ronnie at Border Rivers Relay For Life.
“Every dollar raised and every step taken at Relay gives vital hope to the 27,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year.”
Local survivors and carers are invited to join Mr Martyn for the Survivors and Carers Walk, followed by a special afternoon tea.
Those who want to take part can register by contacting Cancer Council Queensland on 1300 65 65 85, or at the Relay registration desk on Saturday, April 21 from 1pm.
To register a team, volunteer or find out more, visit relayforlife.org.au or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85. Registration is $20 per person or $30 after March 31.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland and its services are available via 13 11 20 or www.cancerqld.org.au.