When Relay For Life participants take to the Victoria Park track for the 2018 event on April 7-8 it will be for many reasons, and for team Carter Clan Never Ever Give Up it will be to remember.
The family lost beloved father Ian in May last year following a 15-year battle with cancer.
“After watching our father suffer with his battle we want to help others who are suffering with cancer and to help find a cure,” daughter and team captain Jenn said.
And Relay For Life was one of Ian’s passions, as long serving committee member, even when his health made it tough.
“Dad supported Relay For Life for as long as we can remember,” Jenn said. “He would attend as many meetings and Relays as he could except those that were on while he was undergoing treatment. He would always keep up to date when he wasn't present for them via email, and would keep the committee up to date in return letting them know his fight was not over yet.
“Dad helped a lot of local cancer committees, he contributed and helped form CanAssist and Can Cruise showing his dedication to help fight cancer was broad. He would always bring his kids and grandkids along on Relay day, some would help in the canteen and others would walk with him.”
The Carter Clan are continuing Ian’s zeal for making a difference through their fundraising. They’ve hosted a Girls Night In, run raffles of prizes donated by local businesses, and his grandchildren will have a garage sale of toys they’ve outgrown. On the day they’ll be holding a barbecue and cake stall (supported by Woolworths and Perry Street Meats) and other novelty events.
“Never ever give up was our fathers motto and he held onto that until the day he passed away,” Jenn said. “He fulfilled most of his bucket list, spending time with his family and friends making wonderful memories for us all. He was a strong man who fought till the end – our father, our hero.”
Team page: bit.ly/2F1UslQ