'My first job is a mum, so I put on a brave face.'

HAVING to normalise cancer for her kids after her brain tumour diagnosis was something Deirdre Ross wished she, and others like her, did not have to do.

To help kick cancer away for good, Deirdre, aged 43, will walk for up to 18 hours in Maryborough's Relay for Life at the showgrounds on the weekend with her family by her side.

About $800 has been raised by her team the Maryborough Martial Arts Academy, with more than $31,000 raised in total by 30 groups set to swap batons in the relay on the day.

Deirdre said the overnight event required endurance, a strength needed by patients and their families when fighting cancer.

Maryborough Relay for Life - Deirdre Ross with husband Brad and daughters Georgia,14, and Evie,10. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Maryborough Relay for Life - Deirdre Ross with husband Brad and daughters Georgia,14, and Evie,10. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

"I think sometimes (the relay) gives a perspective of what a cancer patient goes through," she said.

"You want to give up and you keep on going and at the end of the relay, the sun comes. Every cancer patient wants the sun to come."

She and her husband Brad stuck to daily routines to help two daughters Evie and Georgia cope.

She lost her father to skin cancer and watched her mother Joan Schonrock, 78, battle the disease.

"There are good days and there are bad days, but my first job is a mum, so I put on a brave face," she said.

Relay for Life Maryborough

  • Begins 3pm Saturday and ends 9am Sunday
  • On-the-day individual and team registrations are $40 which includes breakfast the next day Registrations are required for individuals in the relay past 9pm
  • Survivor and carers' lap at 3pm, followed by an afternoon tea for them
  • Relay stops for about 45 minutes at 6pm for a candlelight vigil to remember loved ones lost through cancer
  • 65 Queelanders diagnosed with cancer every day

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