Walk to raise aware­ness of blood can­cer

South Western Times - - News -

THE Bun­bury com­mu­nity will light the way for fam­i­lies affected by blood can­cer by join­ing the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s Light the Night Walk on Oc­to­ber 6.

The event brings to­gether fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers of those affected by the dis­ease, to re­mem­ber and re­flect dur­ing a cer­e­mony and short lan­tern walk from the Bun­bury Power Boat Club.

Dur­ing the walk, at­ten­dees will hold gold lanterns to re­mem­ber loved ones lost to blood can­cer and white lanterns if they have been di­ag­nosed them­selves.

Blue lanterns will be proudly raised by friends, fam­ily, work­mates and the wider com­mu­nity.

Aus­tralind res­i­dent El­iz­a­beth Hovey will host the event for the third year in a row and said it was a “beau­ti­ful” way to bring to­gether peo­ple who have been touched by any kind of blood can­cer.

“There is not enough aware­ness about blood can­cer. When peo­ple go through treat­ment, or care for a loved one, it is so easy to feel like you are the only per­son on earth hav­ing to deal with this hor­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“I would like our Bun­bury Light the Night to be a help­ing hand and a light to help peo­ple touched by blood can­cer to fight an­other day.”

To join the event in Bun­bury, visit www.light­thenight.org.au/ event/bun­bury or call 1800 500 088.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Light the Night host El­iz­a­beth Hovey and sup­port­ers Stella, 7, and Macken­zie Prosser, 9, are pre­par­ing to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether in a show of sup­port for fam­i­lies affected by leukaemia.

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