Thousands of people will join together for Light the Night events this Friday.
Thousands of people will join together for Light the Night events this Friday.

Coast to Light the Night for Leukaemia Foundation

SUNSHINE Coast residents will join thousands of Australians and stand together at the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night event on this Friday, October 7, to help more people beat blood cancer, a disease which is claiming the life of one Australian every two hours.

Now in its ninth year, Light the Night aims to raise $2 million to give affected families the emotional support they need and to fund vital blood cancer research into less harrowing treatments and cures.

Other Queensland locations for events include Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Toowoomba and Townsville, as well as dozens of smaller community walks across the state.

Last year 30,000 people attended walks around the country, each person shining a special lantern:

* Gold, to remember a loved one.

* White, for their own blood cancer journey.

* Blue, to support others.

Leukaemia Foundation chief executive officer, Bill Petch said blood cancer was a disease that did not discriminate and was claiming more lives than breast cancer and melanoma.

"It's a disease that can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time. More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and, every day, another 35 people are diagnosed," he said.

"The Leukaemia Foundation helps families around Australia through services such as emotional support from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond; accommodation during their loved one's weeks and months of treatment in the city; as well as transport to and from chemotherapy - all at no cost to them."

To help the Leukaemia Foundation reach its $2 million goal, every adult who signs up for a Light the Night walk is being asked to raise $100.

To find your closest Light the Night walk and sign up, visit www.lightthenight.org.au or phone 1800 500 088.


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