The Santa’s Little Helpers team got into the spirit, dressing up and decorating their tent.
The Santa’s Little Helpers team got into the spirit, dressing up and decorating their tent. Michael Cormack

Sticking together to beat the tough times

IN HIS role as treasurer of the Cancer Council branch for Warwick, Ken Hartnett often sees people going through tough times as they battle cancer.

It is one of the reasons why Mr Hartnett, also a prostate cancer survivor, believes Relay for Life is such a great event.

"People ask you about various different aspects," Mr Hartnett said.

"Being here at Relay for Life makes you think back to those people who call up needing help after they've just been diagnosed.

"It brings a lot of people together and offers hope for those currently fighting cancer."

Mr Hartnett said the network of Relay for Life was vital.

"When you're going through it, it's important to have people you can talk to," he said.

"One conversation can make a big difference to someone's mindset."

It is now three and a half years since his battle and Mr Hartnett echoed those who implored people to go to a doctor as early as possible.

"The sooner you can get to a doctor, the better," Mr Hartnett said.

"Don't try to be a hero and leave it. The sooner you get it treated, the better the chance of surviving you have.

"Unfortunately some people never get that chance."



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