Light­ing the night in Lai­d­ley

The Bar­tons will walk for daugh­ter Carly

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@ gat­ton­star.com.au

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’.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

MISSED: Tom and Lindy Bar­ton with a photo of their daugh­ter Carly, who passed away in 1997.

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