Blake shows importance of Relay for Life

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

LOOKING at Blake Cogill, you would never think the bubbly six-year-old almost didn't make it to his third birthday. Blake was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two when doctors discovered a Wilms' tumour on one of his kidneys.

The condition caused his kidney cells to grow out of control. However, after receiving chemotherapy, Blake made a full recovery and now lives a happy and normal life.

Having been the face of the Relay for Life campaign last year, Blake will this year join his mother's team as they do laps of the Chanel College oval.

Nicole Cogill said watching her son undergo treatment for cancer was difficult and the Relay for Life raised much-needed funds and awareness about the disease.

"It was a lot of fun,'' she said. "We didn't really know what to expect last year, but we had such a great time camping out that we were keen to do it again.''

Mrs Cogill said her team, The All-nighters, had done a chocolate drive and sold raffle tickets to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Fund.

"We haven't worked out the shifts yet, but after walking around the oval for two hours at three o'clock in the morning last year, I think I'll take an earlier shift this time,'' she said.



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