The bi-annual Grafton Relay For Life held in March this year received an immense amount of support with 61 teams registering and 964 people participating. Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. The huge success of the 2016 Relay saw the community power through the night, coming together to raise $87,291. Cancer Council is a non-government organisation and 97% community funded, relying on the support of the community to continue funding necessary cancer prevention programs and support services in the local community. Hannah Brooks, Community Relations Coordinator for Cancer Council NSW said, “The success of this year’s Relay would not have been possible without the support of local sponsors, the community and volunteers.” Rowena Terone, Community Programs Coordinator for the Northern Rivers said, “We know that 1 in 3 cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. Cancer Council’s prevention programs ensure the burden of cancer is reduced in the Clarence Valley.” Prevention programs are a key method to beating cancer by encouraging people to lead healthy, cancer smart lifestyles. Programs continuing this year include Eat It to Beat it that works with local primary schools to encourage healthy eating habits, and a Sun Smart program that has seen 98% of schools in the Clarence Valley implement ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer. “Events such as the Grafton Relay For Life allows Cancer Council to fund vital support services in the local community for those affected by cancer and their carers,” said Rowena. Transport to treatment poses a significant challenge for Clarence residents affected by cancer with many either too unwell to drive, or unable to shoulder the cost of getting to and from extended treatment blocks. Cancer Council’s partnership with Clarence Valley Community Transport ensures eligible patients never miss a medical or treatment appointment, be it in Grafton, Lismore or Coffs Harbour. With your help, Cancer Council can continue to provide in home support services to help with everyday household tasks through our partnership with CRANES palliative volunteer service, assistance to local support groups and financial and legal planning services to assist with the financial burden due to a cancer diagnosis. Thank-you to all that have supported and continue to support the Grafton Relay For Life Committee and Cancer Council NSW.