Kindness keeps Rachel upbeat during tough journey

HUMBLED: Rachel Sihota with her son Navi, 5.
HUMBLED: Rachel Sihota with her son Navi, 5. Contributed

AS RACHEL Sihota continues on one of the toughest journeys of her life, she is finding out just how kind people can be.

The mum-of-two was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer in June last year.

Rachel underwent five weeks of radiation and chemotherapy to shrink the tumour before having a major operation to have it removed.

She then had 12 rounds of chemotherapy, which finished just last month.

Despite the tough journey, the Pacific Paradise woman said she has never felt alone. Her co-workers and hockey team are banding together to organise a major fundraiser.

Rachel is a valued member of the group at The Knee Joint Sports Physiotherapy in Kawana and a respected player at the Buderim Rebels Hockey Club.

Aptly called the Run for Rachel team, staff from The Knee Joint will participate in the Sunshine Coast Marathon on August 31 in an effort to gain sponsorship.

That will be preceded by a fundraising dinner at Novotel Twin Waters on August 16.

Rachel's hockey coach Steve Lancaster said she was one of the club's most respected and talented players, as well as a devoted mum.

"Rachel is a real champion. You wouldn't even know that she's dealing with this enormous personal battle," Mr Lancaster said.

"She is so strong and upbeat and she is such a positive woman.''

Remaining upbeat and positive about her future and focusing on her two boys, Nate, 6, and Navi, 5, Rachel said she was amazed by the support she had received.

"This whole process, even though it has been horrific at times, has been truly humbling," she said.

"I can't get over the kindness, generosity and the spirit of those around me.

"It is the little things that make all the difference."

To book, phone 5438 8300.

For the diary

WHAT: Run for Rach fundraising dinner

WHEN: Saturday, August 16 at 7pm

WHERE: Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Topics:  bowel cancer cancer treatment radiation

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