Lighting the night in Laidley
The Bartons will walk for daughter Carly
TOM and Lindy Barton will carry an orb of golden light to guide the way as they walk across the Laidley Recreation Reserve on Friday night.
They will do so as a part of Light the Night, a unique event which raises awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, as participants carry lanterns of varying colours to remind sufferers and their families that they are not alone in their fight.
White is carried by those diagnosed with blood cancer, blue for members of the community who want to show their support and gold for a loved lost lost to the disease.
The Bartons will hold a golden lantern to commemorate the memory of their daughter Carly, who lost her battle with leukaemia in 1997 while still in school.
The teenager loved art, Bon Jovi and English and wanted to study medicine once she left school.
Although 2017 marks 20 years since the loss of their only child, the Bartons said it isn’t something that gets any easier with time.
They hoped the event, held in Laidley for the first time, would help families just like them.
“It symbolises a lot of things to different people and we just hope it takes off,” Mr Barton said.
Lindy will serve as one of the speakers on the night with a ceremony taking place before participants set off on a short walk.
To sign up for the event, visit the official Light the Night website and search for postcode ‘4341’.
MISSED: Tom and Lindy Barton with a photo of their daughter Carly, who passed away in 1997.