By Alesha Capone
Wyndham Vale residents Nina Nilsson and Bec Salmon know what it’s like to have a loved one diagnosed with cancer.
Miss Nilsson’s mother survived breast cancer three years ago, while several members of Miss Salmon’s family – and her mother’s best friend – have also been diagnosed with various forms of cancer.
For the past three years, Miss Salmon and Miss Nilsson have entered the Wyndham Relay for Life as a team, joined by family members and friends.
Last year, the team – named after Hoppers Indoor Sportz centre, which is run by Miss Salmon’s partner – raised $7000 for the Cancer Council.
The women said they enjoy taking part in the annual relay.
Miss Nilsson said the relay was “about getting together as a community and inspiring people”.
Miss Salmon said everyone at the relay was “there for the same reason”.
“Cancer affects everybody, everyone somewhere along the line – whether you survive it or lose someone,” she said.
Miss Nilsson said their team would take part in next year’s 2019 Wyndham Relay for Life, to be held on March 30, with hopes of raising $14,000.
To help their fundraising efforts, they have organised a community market with 35 stalls, to be held on Sunday, November 25, from 2-5pm at Hoppers Indoor Sportz, 13-55 Graham Court, Hoppers Crossing.
Entry is by gold coin donation.
To donate to the team’s fundraising efforts or join it at the Relay for Life for next year, search for “Hoppers Indoor Sportz” at secure.fundraising.cancer.org.au.