Bill Malady cuts the ribbon to start the Corangamite Relay for Life held at Terang. READING the oath at the Corangamite Relay for Life was a mixture of pride and sadness for Cobden’s Bill Malady.
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Mr Malady said he was honoured to be asked to lead the walk on Saturday night but his thoughts were also with his son Sean whose partner, Cindy Stephens, died three weeks ago from melanoma. Ms Stephens was 32.

“She found out at Christmas and we lost her three weeks ago,” Mr Malady said. “It went through her like fire. It was a great honour (to read the oath) but it was very emotional.”

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Mr Malady was diagnosed with bowel cancer five years ago and the cancer later spread to his liver.

“I’ve copped treatment every Friday for the past 75 days,” he said. “At the moment everything is stabilised. So fingers crossed it stays that way.

“I’d like to pass on my thanks to my wife Clare and our family. She has looked after me for the past five years.

“I just hope I’m around for the next 25 years.”

Corangamite Relay for Life Committee chairman Mark Sullivan said Mr Malady was asked to read the oath because of his fight against cancer and also his fund-raising efforts for Peter’s Project and the new Ballarat Cancer Centre.

Mr Sullivan said the inclement weather had not put people off with 2060 participants at the Terang Recreation Reserve oval. He said $118,000 had been raised and there was still four weeks to go before all the money is collected. Last year $107,000 was raised at the end of the relay.

The candlelight ceremony proved to be a highlight with Cobden’s Grace Howard lighting the candle representing the present. Grace, 11, is undergoing treatment and wrote a poem to be read out as she walked with her family, Mr Sullivan said.

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