Once a year, for 10 years, Fay Alexander has donned her walking shoes and promenaded through the night in memory of her late husband.By Riahn Smith
The Tatura great-grandmother has spent the past decade raising money for Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, a charity event which celebrates cancer survivors and remembers loved ones lost to the disease.
She was joined on the weekend, October 19-20, by friends and four generations of family for her last walk around Shepparton’s Princess Park.
‘‘It’s wonderful, we work hard raising money throughout the year and then it comes to the weekend and our team gets out there and shares the walk,’’ Mrs Alexander said.
‘‘It brings the whole family together.
‘‘It’s been a great journey but I’m now getting too old, it’s time for me to move on.’’
Mrs Alexander’s team — Todd’s Troops — was formed in 2002 after her husband Todd died following a battle with cancer.
During the past 10 years, the Troops have raised more than $115 000 for cancer research.
Mrs Alexander said it was a great feeling to know the money would help people living with the illness.
‘‘Since we’ve been involved we have lost a dear friend to cancer, and there’s three people that I’m pretty close to going through it at this time,’’ Mrs Alexander said.
‘‘We reached our (fundraising) goal in our eighth year of the relay — we reached $100 000.
‘‘We haven’t found a cure yet, but we have prolonged life, so we know our money is going to a good cause.’’
Relay for Life committee member Amy Marshall said more than 400 participants in 32 teams took part in this year’s event, raising almost $67 000.
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