Why I Relay, Jim's Story

05 Jul 2021

Relay for Life, a journey I never wanted to take, but one that landed on me in 2019 having been diagnosed with Stage 3 Prostate cancer in February.

I had a radical prostatectomy in July, but I was determined 3 days after surgery to walk that Walking track at Relay for Life out at the Faythe Harrier’s pitch, to prove to myself that my diagnosis didn’t have to be my prognosis. 

Cancer is a six letter word that can devastate your life and can take your life so every penny raised can go in some way to supporting the sufferers and survivors. At Relay I found a community of purple t-shirt wearing men, women and children, each with a common goal - to survive and beat the disease. Ive learned through time to live with and deal with the results of surgery and more importantly I’ve learned of the wonderful community of Relay. The simple task of lighting a candle bag brings a huge sense of peace as we remember those who’ve gone before us and a simple prayer for those still fighting.