Ready to relay

JUST days out from the Queanbeyan Relay for Life, an unfortunate accident has left Kyra Harris-Whitton with a possible broken foot.

But the 23-year-old isn't letting the injury stop her from participating in this weekend's fundraiser.

"My results have been sent to a specialist but they won't be able to tell me the result until today. They're not 100 per cent about whether it's broken or not," she said.

"I'm crossing my fingers it's just soft tissue damage but it does feel broken. I've got some crutches so I might have to use them. Nothing is going to stop me from doing the Relay."

The Yass woman said she had picked up a cabinet and accidently dropped it on her foot amid renovations for her kitchen earlier this week.

However, she is determined to do the 24 hour relay in honour of her grandmother Gwen Harris.

"I lost my grandmother to lung cancer on August 7, 2013. I cared for her throughout the cancer and lived with her during that time," Miss Harris-Whitton said.

"It was very quick. She had complained about having a sore back that Christmas and for months and months we tried to find out what was wrong. Around Easter, we found out she had lung cancer and it had spread and was breaking her ribs."

Miss Harris-Whitton described her grandmother as a beautiful person who was remembered for her outspoken and cheeky nature.

"She was one of those people who spoke before they thought and that's what we loved about her," she said.

"She was a very 'out there' woman and was loved by so many people. I was just lucky she was my nan."

Miss Harris-Whitton pledged to shave her head at the Relay for Life if she raised $1500. She is just shy of her total but a few last minute donations might get her over the line.

"My grandmother loved my hair, she would get me to sit in front of her and she would play with it. She's probably pretty cranky that I'm shaving it all off but she'll understand," Miss Harris-Whitton said.

"I'm not worried about losing the hair, that's not a concern for me. I'm doing this to raise awareness and help find a cure for cancer.

"It's a big thing for patients when they start their treatment and lose their hair. They don't have a choice but I do, I'm choosing to shave my hair off.

"My grandmother didn't get to the chemo stage, she didn't get the chance to lose her hair."

Miss Harris-Whitton is participating in the Relay for Life with a team of her family and friends. They call themselves the Classique Crew.

They are leading the fundraising board with a contribution of more than $7000 to the total amount raised.

This week more than 35 teams and 344 people will take part in the 2014 Queanbeyan Relay for Life. A total of $50,000 has been raised so far which is more than halfway to the target of $90,000.

The Queanbeyan Relay for Life will be held at Seiffert Oval tomorrow (Saturday, February 15) from 10am. Registrations will be accepted on the day.

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