Light up the night in Isa

Light up the Night was held in Mount Isa in October 2017.
Light up the Night was held in Mount Isa in October 2017.

Leukaemia Foundation is calling for volunteers in Mount Isa to support local families affected by blood cancer by hosting a Light The Night event this October.

In Australia, more than 60,000 people are living with a blood cancer including leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma and every day another 35 people are diagnosed.

The Leukaemia Foundation’s Light The Night is the only event in Australia that brings together the blood cancer community including patients, families, friends, carers and medical professionals to support each other, while raising vital funds for research to beat blood cancer.

Now in its 11th year, the inspiring event includes a beautiful evening lantern ceremony and walk which will be held in around 140 locations across Australia, including flagship events in every major city.

Now in its 11th year, the inspiring event includes a beautiful evening lantern ceremony and walk which will be held in around 140 locations across Australia

Bill Petch, Leukaemia Foundation CEO, said sadly, most of us know someone who’s been affected by blood cancer. It is one of Australia’s most prolific cancers and unfortunately diagnoses rates are on the rise.

The Leukaemia Foundation supports families in the Mt. Isa area through services such as emotional support, education, accommodation during the weeks and months of treatment in the city, as well as transport to and from chemotherapy – all at no cost.

“As well as giving the community the chance to come together and walk in solidarity, hosting a Light the Night event is a rewarding way to show your support and help to raise funds to ensure local families affected by blood cancer receive the support they need.” he added.

Everyone who registers to attend a Light The Night event will be able to select the colour lantern that represents their place in the blood cancer community:

Gold … to remember a lost loved one

Blue … to show support

White … to signify your own blood cancer journey

To find out more about becoming a Light The Night host, visit lightthenight.org.au/get-involved or contact 1800 620 420.