HORSHAM cancer survivor Jenny Clayton had the honour of cutting a ribbon to officially start the Relay for Life on Friday.
Mrs Clayton's journey started seven years ago when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
"I had quite a bit of chemotherapy at the start," she said.
"I then had a stem-cell harvest, which was my own cells. They are still stored at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
"I've also had to travel to Melbourne for bone marrow biopsy."
She said she was now cancer free.
"I still see my oncologist on a regular basis and he has me where I need to be. All my tests are fine at the moment," she said.
"An ongoing management program is the best thing for me."
Mrs Clayton said she owed her good health to her oncologist, George Kannourakis.
"He is not just my oncologist, he has also become a good friend," she said.
Mrs Clayton said she was honoured to cut the ribbon.
"It's an awesome event," she said.
"It's about raising funds for research but also connecting with other survivors.
"Cancer is something that no family will ever escape."
Mrs Clayton said she lived by a philosophy that things happened, but it was how we dealt with them that really mattered.
"I try to remind myself that all the time," she said.
Her family joined her for the event, including daughter Ebony, who travelled from Mildura.
"It was a great opportunity, one I couldn't resist," she said.