MANY of us have been touched by cancer. Some more than others.

Vanessa Wyder was 21 when she was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

She has fought the disease twice and won.

Eight months ago, the brave 27-year-old set off from Melbourne on a year-long road trip, Crusin' for a Cure, raising awareness and funds for the Cancer Council.

She passed through the Gladstone region on Friday.

Vanessa hopes to raise $1 million for the Cancer Council.

Vanessa has been stopping in towns all over the country, raising awareness and selling message squares for $20.

"I'm selling message squares on which people can write notes to friends or loved ones who have experienced the effects of cancer," Vanessa said.

"The squares will hopefully cover the outside of the motor home I'm travelling in."

Vanessa said she's doing it for everyone who's been affected.

"It's not about me, I'm okay," she said.

"It's about others."

Vanessa has lost a number of close friends to cancer; one just last week.

"A good friend of mine who I met on this journey lost his fight just yesterday," she said.

"Trent had such a thirst for life, but he had bone cancer."

"I'm driving with my lights on today for Trent."

Vanessa will continue making her way down the east coast and hopes to arrive in Melbourne in late January.

For more information about Vanessa's road trip or to donate, visit


Crusin for a Cure

  • Cancer survivor Vanessa Wyder has embarked on a one-year road trip raising funds and awareness for the Cancer Council
  • Hopes to raise $1 million for cancer research
  • Vanessa has been on the road for eight months and will arrive back in Melbourne in late January

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