Bid a good riddance to ‘Kevin Bloody Gibson’ at Albury-Wodonga Relay for Life

It’s not many men who would name a tumour threatening their life, but Allan Gibson isn’t every man. 

While “Kidney Cancer Kevin” might be gone, hopefully for good, sadly Mr Gibson’s cancer remains.

Mr Gibson, his Parker Hannifin colleagues, their families and friends will join together as “Kevin Bloody Gibson” to walk the Border Relay for Life. 

“Well I still have cancer, this is my little way of giving something back,” he said.

“My pills cost $25,000 to keep me alive so I wanted to give back.

“It’s a brilliant day out and I can’t believe how well attended the event is.”

Mr Gibson, who has stage four kidney cancer, was diagnosed in 2014 and has attended the annual event every year since then. 

He said as someone with cancer, it was great to see how much support there was in the community.

Team leader Jenny Cubitt said Mr Gibson’s diagnosis was the catalyst to her joining the Border Relay for Life, but she also wanted remember her late father. 

“My dad actually passed away from kidney cancer three years before Allan was diagnosed,” she said.

“Dad declined rapidly.

“I’m here for Allan but also to give back to palliative care who gave so much support emotionally and physically.”

In Mr Gibson’s first year participating in the relay, he sold raffle tickets on his first day back at work after treatment, only for his boss to win that year’s car.

Mr Gibson said while he’s not “cancer-free” his medication was working well for now and there were exciting developments in immunology that looked promising.

The pair said the relay experience was heart-warming, profoundly uplifting and humbling. 

Over their three years participating, they have raised about $12,000.

Kevin Bloody Gibson was this year’s winner of the Barlens Campsite package for being one of 27 teams with more than 15 members registered by September 1. 

Mrs Cubitt said the win was fantastic as the team’s marquee was destroyed in last year’s wind.

The Border Relay for Life committee will host a team information session on Tuesday at the Albury Commercial Club, starting at 7pm. 

They said the sessions were a wonderful way for those participating at this year’s Border Relay to find out more details.

The sessions will cover what to expect over the weekend, when teams can set up their campsites, gather more information on activities and competitions happening over the weekend, collect their team shirts and register more team members.

Teams can also pick up more raffle books and ask any questions they have.