COUPLE Daljit Singh, 54, and Sukhveer Kaur, 53, are counting the days to this year’s Relay For Life Penang, an event which symbolises the ongoing battle against cancer.
The two cancer survivors are excited because they will be meeting other survivors of all ages as well as the public who support the cause.
They have been actively involved in the event since 2005, even before they were diagnosed with cancer.
Sukhveer said she was initially attracted to the T-shirt given to the participants, which motivated her to sign up for the event back then.
“It was a beige T-shirt with the words ‘Hope’ on it. I invited my husband to sign up as well.
“We became volunteers and eventually committee members of the event.
“In 2008, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer but I decided to carry on with my volunteer work nevertheless,” she said, adding that staying positive played an important role in her recovery.
Then in 2011, Daljit, was shocked when doctors told him that he had kidney cancer.
“It was not easy because I was also a carer to someone who has cancer,” said the former design engineer, adding that he also suffered from depression at the time.
He said he had come a long way since then through greater understanding of the illness.
In January this year, Daljit was recognised as an International Hero of Hope by the American Cancer Society.
Sukhveer received the same award in 2013.
Meet the duo during the Relay for Life Penang, which they believe is “an amazing event to promote empowerment and awareness”.
They will be among 2,000 participants and 200 cancer survivors during Relay For Life Penang 2018 which will be held at Stadium Olahraga Universiti Sains Malaysia on Sunday from 3pm to 10pm.
Organising chairman Datuk Seri Dr T. Devaraj said the event is organised by National Cancer Society of Malaysia (Penang branch), Penang Hospice Society and USM.
“Funds raised from the event will go towards patient support programmes including Hospice at Home Programme of the Penang Hospice Society as well aseducation and outreach activities,” he said.
Dr Devaraj thanked the event’s platinum sponsor Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP), its gold sponsor IJM Land and silver sponsor Wawasan Open University.
The participation fee is RM30 for adults and RM20 for children.
You may register on the event day at the venue itself. For more information, visit relayforlife.org.my or go to Penang Hospice at 250A, Jalan Ayer Itam to register.