Paula pushing to raise record funds from relay

THIRD RELAY: Paula Blackwell (right) and her mother Denise Ciampa.

THIRD RELAY: Paula Blackwell (right) and her mother Denise Ciampa.

Cancer is something that affects everyone, whether it be a family member or a close friend, the terrible disease takes countless lives every year.

Bordertown's 'Relay for Life' has raised over $100,000 for Cancer Council SA since 2011, but organisers are pushing for this year's edition to be the biggest yet.

Bordertown 'Relay For Life' committee member Paula Blackwell, who will participate in her third relay, said they have 38 days to break the record that they set during the 2017.

In 2017, 105 participants and countless other loyal supporters helped raised close to $34,000, a total that Paula is incredibly proud of.

As of October 16, the committee has raised close to $19,000 and will look for one final push to beat 2017's total.

Cancer is sadly all too familiar for Paula, with mother Denise being diagnosed with cancer in 2007. She said the cruel disease affects everyone.

"It's something that affects everyone in different ways, because we all know someone who's got cancer or had cancer - it can be an uncle, aunty, brother, sister, parent or a friend," Paula said.

She said nine out of 10 women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history, something she finds "scary".

Many people, including men, don't realise that there are countless areas that need to be consistently checked on the body. Paula wants people to be proactive when it comes to feeling their body's for lumps.

"Some people don't realise that they need to check under their arms, because you've got lymph nodes all up under your arms - you could have cancer under arm and that's breast cancer," Paula said.

Paula said an average of 10 people a day die from cancer in South Australia and she wants to promote the fantastic services provided by Cancer Council SA.

"The 'Relay for Life' is in conjunction with Cancer Council SA - they've got amazing services and we really want to push what they do this year," Paula said.

"Cancer Council SA isn't just for people undergoing a cancer diagnosis, they're not just there to help for accommodation, they're not just there to help with transport to medical appointments, they are there to help families," Paula said.

Paula said the council's phone line has provided a great assistance for her family, allowing them know the best way to help her mother during her individual battle.

This year's relay will have a slightly different direction, focusing heavily on community and trying to bring everyone together.

People of different ages are set to take part, with Bordertown Primary School and Bordertown High School registering teams for the first time.

The event will feature countless entertainment, but most importantly, Paula wants everyone to become educated on disease.

"Education is vital - we want people to do their breast checks and if something's abnormal speak up and ask for help," Paula said.

"We also want people to feel like they can grieve and show their emotions - we don't want to people to be shut out."

There is still time to register a team for the relay, to get involved visit: https://secure.fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/TR/RelayforLife/CCSA?fr_id=5512&pg=entry