The Bunbury community will join thousands of Australians on Friday, October 7 for the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night walk to help more people beat blood cancer.
Light the Night, is the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraising walk to help more Australians beat blood cancer by improving survival rates and quality of life.
More than 60 thousand Australians are living with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder, and every day another 35 people are diagnosed.
Bunbury Light the Night host Elizabeth Hovey encouraged Bunbury residents to bring a little light into the lives of others by joining the walk and getting involved in fundraising.
“You never know when blood cancer will affect your life or the lives of someone you love so now is the time to stand up to help others and raise funds to assist those suffering from blood cancers,” she said.
As night falls, attendees will stand with family and friends and shine their special lantern – gold to remember a loved one, white for a personal cancer journey or blue to support others and help beat blood cancer.
Like many Australians, Elizabeth’s family has been impacted by blood cancer.
“My cousin who is 42 has leukaemia at the moment and is currently undergoing quite aggressive treatment,” she said.
“I personally know of many parents in the South West who are trying to cope with the diagnosis of a child who has leukaemia.
“They rely on charitiies such as the Leukaemia Foundation to help them cope with the impact that the disease has on their everyday lives.”
Nationally, the Foundation is aiming to raise $2 million to give affected families the emotional support they need and to fund vital blood cancer research which focuses on better outcomes for patients.
By raising $100 to help the cause, you can cover the costs of giving a family immediate emotional support to help them through the shock of being diagnosed, and one hour of blood cancer research.
The Light the Night event will be held at the Bunbury and Districts Power Boat Club on the north shore of the Leschenault Inlet on Friday, October 7 at 5.30pm.
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