Catherine Ross walked into her wedding reception to the tune of Pharrell Williams' song Happy.
Her song choice was testament to the courage of the young woman who, only 21 days earlier, had emerged from surgery to remove part of her liver, both ovaries and tumours from her peritoneum after being diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer.
"Riney", as she was nicknamed, made it out of intensive care to marry the love of her life, Jamie, at the family's Holbrook farm on New Year's Eve in 2015.
You don't think when you're 28 that you're going to get cancer - and certainly not stage four bowel cancer, Riney wrote before she died.
Tragically that's exactly what happened to this bubbly, fit and healthy young school teacher about to embark on a wonderful new chapter in her life.
Riney passed away on January 24, 2019 after a four-and-a-half-year battle in which she also became a tireless campaigner for bowel cancer awareness and raised more than $250,000 for research.
It's a legacy now being carried on by her family and friends under the Research4Riney banner.
On Thursday night her mum, Judy Ross of Holbrook, presented her daughter's heart-breaking story ahead of a special event at Daylesford organised by one of Australia's leading organisations for bowel cancer prevention.
This year's Jodi Lee Foundation (JLF) Trek Victoria on September 6 and 7 is being held in memory of Riney and her selfless work to help others affected by this disease.
Together with Jamie and her husband Russell, Mrs Ross will join the emotion-laden event in honour of her daughter.
More than 100 people will walk under the Research4Riney banner with some tackling the 80-kilometre two-day trek while others will walk either 25 kilometres or 10 kilometres.
Mrs Ross said Riney's diagnosis came as "a surprise" because of her age.
"She had abdominal pains for a while, but they had been dismissed as gluten intolerance or inflammation," she recalled.
"It just goes to show how difficult it can be to pick up the symptoms of bowel cancer. They can be easily masked."
Part of her daughter's ongoing legacy is spreading the message of how easy it is to take a test for bowel cancer.
"You can get tests from chemists - the idea of people thinking they have to do a poo test puts them off," Mrs Ross said.
"However, it's a very simple test that can ultimately save lives. Early diagnosis is the key to bowel cancer."
Riney - one of the faces for the 'Never Too Young' campaign - had always put a lot of emphasis on being healthy and eating the right foods, according to her mum.\
She participated in two clinical trials - both in their early phases - but they were unsuccessful.
However as a result of that trial a promising treatment for blood cancer specifically was developed, according to Mrs Ross.
"Sometimes a terminal illness just doesn't discriminate," she said sadly.
This will be Jamie and Judy's fourth JLF Trek - it will be particularly tough this time.
"It will be a very emotional time, however we know that Catherine would be proud to know her legacy is continuing," Mrs Ross said.
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