Award helps young student after cancer losses
CANCER has pushed Star Radel to her limits.
Her dad had lung cancer the year she completed Year 12 at Bundaberg North State High School.
He was diagnosed in February and died from the disease in August.
"My grandfather passed away from cancer too but that was different - he lived in the Philippines so I never saw what the disease did to him.
"With Dad it was a lot more real," she said.
Ms Radel received the Seize the Day award from the Cancer Council Queensland.
The $1000 award will go towards her studies at CQUniversity Gladstone.
"Seeing him suffer was the hardest part. You just didn't know what to do."
In March she will begin an Occupational Health and Safety degree with CQ University.
Ms Radel moved to Gladstone in December. She lives with her boyfriend of four years, Calem Volker.
The Seize the Day Award aims to foster the personal growth and development of young people coping with cancer in Queensland.