Dimboola's Dot Haby relays for grandson

A WHEELCHAIR followed Dimboola resident Dot Haby around Coughlin Park on Friday.

Armed with a walking frame, the 90-year-old walked a lap in support of her grandson Phil Butsch.

Her family followed with the wheelchair, just in case.

But it proved unnecessary.

It was the first time Mrs Haby had taken part in Relay for Life.

"Blame my family," she said.

Mr Butsch's family and friends turned out in force to support the cause.

Their team, Cafe 22, consisted of 30 walkers.

The youngest was Mr Butsch's six-week-old daughter, Lucy.

He carried her in his arms as he completed the first lap, reserved for cancer survivors and their carers.

Mr Butsch, 31, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, just before Christmas.

He regularly travels to Melbourne for treatment.

Mr Butsch's wife Mirella was blown away by the support the initiative received this year.

The Horsham and District Relay for Life committee celebrated three records: more walkers, teams and money raised than ever before.

"You don't actually know until you see this sort of thing how many people are affected by it," Mrs Butsch said.

"I just want to congratulate the organising committee. They did an amazing job."

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