Chatswood resident and cancer survivor Odette Shahnazaril has signed up for this year’s Sydney Relay For Life.

Held on March 11 and March 12 at King George Park in Rozelle, Sydney Relay For Life is a community festival that raises money for Cancer Council NSW.

In July 2015, Odette was diagnosed with bowel cancer and immediately underwent a successful surgery.

This will be the first year that Odette is participating in Sydney Relay For Life and she hopes to raise $2,000 to help beat cancer.

“Everyone I know has been affected by cancer one way or another. The roller coaster of dealing with it is a ride that comes with a lot of physical and emotional challenges.

“This year I will Relay because I want to reduce the impact of cancer now and into the future. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, and together we can change that,” said Odette.

Rashmi Naran, Community Relations Coordinator at Cancer Council NSW, said that Odette’s commitment and passion for Sydney Relay For Life is inspiring and will help support Cancer Council NSW’s mission to beat cancer.

“Every dollar raised through Sydney Relay For Life will help fund Cancer Council NSW’s research, prevention programs and support services for those affected by cancer,” said Rashmi.

Relay For Life is a community festival that raises money and awareness for Cancer Council. It is the world’s largest movement to beat cancer that is held in 26 countries. With more than 500 participants at the 2016 event, Sydney Relay For Life will include live entertainment, deeply moving ceremonies, and new fitness challenges.

To join Odette and fundraise to beat cancer, register for the 2017 Sydney Relay For Life at www.relayforlife.org.au/sydney