CANCER survivor Geraldine Patino will be getting right behind this year's Fairfield Relay For Life after she was selected to cut the starting ribbon for the overnight cancer fund-raising event.
The event carries a lot of meaning for the 28-year-old, who has experienced first-hand the devastating effects of cancer.
In September last year, she was an active young woman when one evening she started to have seizures.
Her family found out later in hospital that she had a brain tumour, which had to be operated on straight away.
After two months in hospital and having to learn to talk and walk again, Ms Patino is now at home.
Her mother and carer Violeta Jofre said it was a difficult time for her daughter but she is proud of her progress.
"We are so proud of her achievements since then and we are grateful to still have her with us," she said.
"Cancer is a disease that can make you feel powerless and out of control.
"Relay For Life is a way for us all to do something really powerful in the cancer fight."