Battler's 20 years of courage

PAULINE Watson has been dealing with cancer for almost 20 years.

She has never found it a burden.

``Look, there's the people I've met and the things that I've done, I wouldn't have done it before,'' she said.

The creator of Launceston's Breast Cancer Support Group was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991.

Since then, she has had the disease in her spine and lung.

Mrs Watson now has stage four breast cancer in her brain.

``I'm blessed - I don't know how, but I'm blessed,'' she said.

``I have a good quality of life, and I wouldn't be here without my husband Russell.''

Yesterday, the Watson family were at the Cancer Council's Relay for Life among about 90 other cancer survivors and carers.

A further 95 teams, or 2000 people, continuously walked on the grounds of the St Leonards Sports Centre over a 24-hour period, many staying the night to continue walking the next day.

Chairman of the Relay for Life organising committee Charles Black said the relay was about celebrating the end of fundraising and recognising cancer survivors and carers.

``It's really all about trying to get rid of cancer and put it back where it belongs - which is nowhere,'' he said.

Relay for Life is the Cancer Council's main fundraiser, which relies on public donations for 94 per cent of its funding.

Relay for Life project officer Ashlee Bowman said $100,000 had been raised ``at last count''.

``Everyone has done a fabulous job,'' she said.

Relay for Life continues today until noon.

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