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Australians who have felt the devastating impact of blood cancer are being invited to raise money and carry a lantern at twilight this springtime to help more families beat their blood cancer.

Now in its tenth year, the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night is a unique event bringing Australia’s blood cancer community together with friends and family in more than 140 locations to remember and reflect during a moving ceremony and short lantern walk.

Last year, more than 35,000 people from every Australian state and territory attended Light the Night events from September to November. Flagship events in major cities, including Melbourne will take place on Friday 6 October.

Ash Knop, Leukaemia Foundation General Manager of VIC and TAS said: “Every day another 35 Australians are told they have blood cancer, immediately plunging them and their families into a world of gruelling medical treatments, fear and uncertainty.

“They may not realise it but, in this darkest moment, they’re not alone. Every one of us who raises money and carries a lantern at Light the Night will help light the way for them.

“Together we will be there to provide every Australian with the support and services they need to beat their blood cancer.”

On the night, attendees hold gold lanterns to remember loved ones lost to blood cancer and white lanterns if they’ve been diagnosed themselves. Blue lanterns are proudly raised by friends, family, workmates and the wider community.

Join an event near you and reserve your lantern at lightthenight.org.au.

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life.

Thanks to its supporters, the Leukaemia Foundation helps hundreds of families from regional Australia each year by providing free accommodation in capital cities so they can access life-saving treatment at major hospitals.

The charity also offers free transport to medical appointments, counselling, information, education and practical support to families when they need it most.
Jeanette Lyons-McKinnon