PURPLE PRIDE: Roma is gearing up for the Relay For Life later this month to raise awareness and funds for cancer.
PURPLE PRIDE: Roma is gearing up for the Relay For Life later this month to raise awareness and funds for cancer. Alexia Austin

Rosie's the face of Relay

FOR team mate, committee member and now the face of Roma's Relay For Life, the cancer fundraiser has a special meaning for Rosie Carlaw.

The Roma local started participating in the Cancer Council Queensland event after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999.

After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy, Ms Carlaw went 18 years cancer free before being diagnosed with stage four bone cancer last year.

She has now been named the face of the 2018 Roma Relay For Life in recognition of her positive spirit and outlook.

"Cancer Council Queensland have been a great support during my cancer journey, so being asked to be the Face of Roma Relay this year is very special to me,” Ms Carlaw said.

"I was lucky enough to stay at the Olive McMahon Lodge in Toowoomba during my treatment, and it was such a wonderful, loving place to stay.

"Being the face, I feel like I am giving back to the cause that's helped me.”

Roma Relay For Life is on October 27-28 at Cities Rugby League Club.

Ms Carlaw will officially open the event with a survivors and carers lap.

Annette Huntley and her team Water Wizards have raised $3000 in the lead up to the event.

However, Ms Huntley said there was still a need for more teams and members.

"I am part of the committee for Cancer Council Queensland for the Roma branch and the big issue we are facing this year is we are very short on teams and members.

"So far we have 10 teams registered, with about 50 people all up. We really need some support.”

Cancer Council CEO Chris McMillan encouraged locals to join Ms Carlaw.

"More than 2040 people are diagnosed with cancer in South West Queensland every year - funds raised at RelayFor Life enable us to support those people,” Ms McMillan said.


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