SURAT'S Phyllis Hudson knows the importance of events like Relay For Life, because she has experienced the pain of losing someone close to her to cancer.

Ms Hudson, who stays in the beautiful aged care facilities at Surat Hospital, lost her husband and local identity Lloyd Hudson to Hodgkin's Lymphoma 12 years ago.

The 85-year-old former Dalby resident said she has always been a big supporter of fundraisers that support cancer research and care for those it, adding she donated money towards this year's Relay For Life event.

"My friend Barbara had a stall set up down there at the markets and I helped her," she said.

Lloyd was well known for starting grain growing in the Surat area during the 1960s, according to Phyllis.

"He drove for Bruhle's Transport in Cecil Plains and they sent him out to here with a truck," she said.

"Lloyd started up Surat Transport before we moved out onto the land.

"He was a farmer and he loved it - he started a lot of people growing grain."

Lloyd passed away in 2003.


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