A PHOTOGRAPH of a young family friend who lost her battle with cancer is Anita Hugo's inspiration for change.
Mrs Hugo is a member of team Camo Crusaders, a devout group of 50 Relay For Life entrants aged eight to 46 years old.
The team has entered in the event seven years in a row, determined to spread its message that everyone, no matter how young or old, can make a difference to the plight of cancer sufferers.
The photo, which Mrs Hugo keeps at work, reminds her why she and her friends advocate the cause each year.
"I just think how nice it would be for her family to know that other people are thinking about them," she said.
"It's easy to think as an individual we can't make a difference, but if everyone had that attitude nothing would get done."
The Crusaders will participate in various Relay For Life activities, including the inaugural Midnight 5-kilometre Run.
So far the team has raised $3510, more than doubling its original goal.
The Crusaders' donation will contribute to Relay For Life's 2013 goal of $250,000, which will help fund Cancer Council's critical research, prevention, education and support services.
To date, 661 people in 97 teams have raised about $60,000.
Last year 1094 people in 116 teams raised $217,000.
■ Relay For Life will be held on Saturday, November 2 at the Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale, from 2pm onwards. Go to cancercouncil.com.au for more information.