A LOVER of football and the outdoors, most would never guess that 12-year-old Jackson Attwood was once given a 25% chance of survival.
The active Glass House Mountains State School student was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 18 months old, triggering major surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and what would be some of his toughest life hurdles.
Having been in remission for a while now, Jackson is keen to fight back against the disease and be a passionate advocate, with his title as the face of the upcoming Hinterland Relay for Life being the perfect opportunity to raise awareness.
Alongside his family, Jackson will be one of many symbols of hope at the relay raising funds for work in cancer research, education programs and support services.
Jackson's Mum, Lisa, said their family was keen to do whatever they could to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
"When Jackson was diagnosed with a brain tumour it hit our family very hard because there was very little information about that particular diagnosis available," she said.
"This will be the first time we have taken part in Relay and I'm looking forward to coming together with the community to help beat cancer and show support for other families, like my own, who have been affected by cancer."
Cancer Council Queensland Relay for Life co-ordinator Sara Morley congratulated Jackson on his appointment.
"Jackson inspires so many in his community with his determination to beat cancer," she said.
This year the Hinterland Relay for Life committee is hoping to register at least 30 teams and raise more than $30,000.
Ms Morley encouraged the Hinterland community to come together and register to take part in the 2012 event.
To register for the Relay for Life, visit relayforlife.org.au, or phone 54516000.