Light the Night for leukaemia sup­port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

LEUKAEMIA Foun­da­tion Moss­man Dis­trict Branch thanks all who sup­ported our fourth an­nual 2013 Light the Night held in An­zac Park Port Dou­glas on Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by a walk down Macrossan Street. This event is the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s ma­jor aware­ness-rais­ing event.

Light the Night gives ev­ery­one in the lo­cal com­mu­nity a chance to gather with their friends, fam­i­lies and oth­ers who un­der­stand the dif­fi­cult jour­ney faced by blood can­cer pa­tients. Light the Night is fo­cused on rais­ing aware­ness of the foun­da­tion and the im­pact of blood can­cers, but par­tic­i­pants can un­der­take fundrais­ing too if they wish.

The high­light of the evening is the light­ing of lanterns at sun­set. The white, blue and gold lanterns each carry a spe­cial mean­ing - white - car­ried by blood can­cer pa­tients and sur­vivors, blue - for sup­port­ers, and gold - for those re­mem­ber­ing a loved one lost.

Thank you to our guest speak­ers:

Tom Don­nelly, Baylie Fletcher and Shan­non Good­win. Spe­cial thanks to our MC, Shaun Cram, and Den­nis Rose for pro­vid­ing the en­ter­tain­ment for the evening.

The Foun­da­tion has a Vi­sion to Cure and a Mis­sion to Care. Through its Vi­sion to Cure the foun­da­tion in­vests more than $1 mil­lion a year in cut­ting- edge med­i­cal re­search projects that are seek­ing bet­ter treat­ments and hope­fully cures for leukaemias, lym­phomas, myeloma and re­lated blood dis­or­ders. Through its Mis­sion to Care it de­liv­ers a wide range of ser­vices to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies whose lives have been af­fected by leukaemias, lym­phomas, myeloma or re­lated blood dis­or­ders.

The foun­da­tion de­liv­ers other free ser­vices in­clud­ing coun­selling and sup­port, disease- spe­cific in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, trans­port to and from treat­ment and prac­ti­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

One of the big­gest roles played by the foun­da­tion is the pro­vi­sion of free ac­com­mo­da­tion for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies need­ing to leave ru­ral or re­gional cen­tres while un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

RAIS­ING AWARE­NESS: Joe Deni­son, Cyn­thia Vil­liger, Baylie Fletcher, Deb­o­rah Kachel, An­gela Pringle and Shan­non Good­win

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