She is just 17, but Otumoetai College student Lacie Glen-Vile is about to advocate for the needs of young cancer patients as a member of a national group.

Lacie will represent the Bay of Plenty on CanTeen's new Listen-Up group that aims to give those the organisation works for a voice.

"Lacie will be a strong advocate for young people experiencing cancer," says CanTeen's Bay of Plenty youth worker Kate Rive. "She has the personal experience and the tenacity to be heard."

Lacie was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was five years old. She received chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment in Auckland's Starship Hospital and in Tauranga.

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Having joined CanTeen at aged 13, she is now on the branch committee.

CanTeen is gearing up for its annual appeal and Kate says she hopes the Tauranga community will get behind the initiative to help young people experiencing cancer in the Bay.

" The campaign this year invites people to 'Show their Gratitude Attitude' by writing the name of someone they value on the bandanna to show them how they feel."

The campaign is being backed by Dan Carter,Toni Street, Nadia Lim, Fletch and Vaughan, Kerre McIvor, PioTerei, Mike McRoberts and Miriama Kamo.

"Here in the Bay we have just short of 100 registered members. I could tell many stories for each of the eight words featured on the bandanna - love, courage, acceptance, connection, inspiration, resilience, strength and hope."

Help support CanTeen this month by purchasing their limited edition bandanna, donating at one of the many collection points around town and supporting the initiative 'Paint the town red' by organising gold coin donations to wear something red tomorrow.

Donations can be made to CanTeen Tauranga, ASB 12-3237-0016135-00 or via canteen.org.nz