Cancer survivor and crusader is new Relay for Life chair
PRUE McConnell has filled many positions on Gladstone's Relay for Life committee, but this year she holds a very important one - the chair.
Her involvement in Relay for Life began in 2008 when she was asked to be one of the faces for the charity event.
As a face for Relay for Life, Ms McConnell survived her battle with cancer almost 10 years ago.
Having grown up in Gladstone, Ms McConnell was in London when she was diagnosed with leukemia.
The then 24-year-old had her first round of chemotherapy overseas before returning to Australia to fight the disease.
"It is an emotional roller-coaster, it really is," she said.
"One day you're getting good news, the next day you are getting bad news again.
"It was hard at the time, but there is support everywhere you just need to be strong enough to ask for it."
Her experience as a Relay for Life ambassador inspired her to join the committee and she has been involved in the event ever since.
Filling the roles of mission co-ordinator, sponsorship and donations officer and general committee member, Ms McConnell is ready to use her experience to lead the committee for this year's event.
She said Relay for Life was a good cause to get involved in because it was inclusive of all cancer sufferers and their families.
"The feeling you get while you're down there, it's so many people coming together to fight this massive disease," she said.
"I personally have had leukemia, but so many people I know of had different kinds of cancer and this is a way of supporting all different kinds of cancers.
"It really is just people banding together to fight."
- Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27; Chanel College oval.
- To donate or register for the event visit www.relayforlife.org.au.