CANCER survivor Alison Brand said her diagnosis marked the scariest time in her life.
Told she had cancer cells in her breasts and lymph nodes in December last year, she immediately launched into rigorous, life-saving treatment.
Now, she’ll get back in the saddle at the Quirindi Ride Cancer Out of Town fundraiser for the Cancer Council.
“It was absolutely terrifying, the thought of dying and leaving my two young children and my husband and beautiful life was just horrific,” Ms Brand said.
“I was very fortunate to have found the cancer in the early stages, it hadn’t spread to other parts of my body and was contained to my breasts and arms.”
The fundraiser symbolically lands just two weeks after her active cancer treatment ended.
Living in Tamworth, Ms Brand didn’t have to use the transport and accommodation services offered by the Cancer Council.
But, she did find solace in the volunteers, particularly Margaret Rock at the North West Cancer Centre, who became a pillar and listening ear during her treatment.
“There’s been those times where I’ve been so so sick that I couldn’t do anything, life has to go on for my family so I had people I could call on where not everybody does and that’s where the Cancer Council comes into it.
“If I can help raise awareness and money, because none of this happens for free, if I can do anything at all to help then it’s worthwhile.”
The trail ride will leave Quirindi Race Course and head to the gun club for a barbecue lunch.
The event is on August 19, tickets are $60 and include entry to the Liverpool Plains Relay for Life.
For more information phone 6763 0900.
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