Ready for relay to honour husband who died from cancer
KATE Reilly was still mourning the death of her husband, Peter, when she walked the carer and survivors' lap at Relay for Life last year.
This year she is entering her team with a different attitude.
Peter died at 51, just eight weeks after he was diagnosed with three secondary cancers in his brain from melanoma.
"It was very quick and quite aggressive," Mrs Reilly said.
When Peter was diagnosed the couple had just returned home from a holiday in China where everything was normal.
"Our life totally went to hell in eight weeks. One minute my whole normal was gone and I had to work on making a new normal."
Mrs Reilly was a nurse for 25 years but never thought her husband would have cancer.
She could have sat in a corner and felt sorry for herself - or she could get up and get moving.
"Last year was overwhelming for me," she said.
"This year I decided I wanted to inject myself and participate on a deeper level.
"Basically everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer, beaten it or dealing with it now."
This year she will walk alongside her two adult children, friends who have supported her since Peter died and her grandson, William Rossow, who never had the chance to meet his grandfather.
"Peter died in June and he was born in November," she said.
"It was very tough but things are on the improve. We have new skills to deal with it and it's always getting a bit better."
Mrs Reilly's Relay for Life team is called A Dash of Zen and has already raised more than $3000.
Visit http://www.relayforlife.org.au to donate or enter a team for the Gladstone relay at Chanel College on Saturday, July 25.