Seeing the light
ALEIGHA Barclay and her family have lived seven out of the past 12 months in Perth, 200 kilometres from home in Wheatbelt town Darkan.
In July last year, she received a shock acute myeloid leukaemia diagnosis and her partner Jayden Webb and sons Brax (2) and Katana (3) left for Perth immediately, moving into a Ferndale unit provided by the Leukaemia Foundation.
“These things happy really fast and it’s quite scary,” Ms Barclay said.
“Before I was diagnosed I had seen the Leukaemia Foundation but knew nothing about what they do, but their help has been amazing.”
Last week, after a successful bone marrow transplant, the family left the Leukaemia Foundation’s house for home in Darkan.
“I’m happy to be home and I’ve started to be weaned off my medication,” Ms Barclay said.
“I’m thankful to the Leukaemia Foundation and will start fundraising for them when I can.”
On October 9 at UWA, Ms Barclay will walk among thousands of Australians in Light the Night – a night to remember loved ones who died of blood cancer, to mark their own blood cancer journey or simply to show they care.
This year’s event will cater for families and people of all ages and participants will light the night by raising their lanterns and carrying them along a gentle walk.
Ms Barclay is the WA spokeswoman and said Light the Night symbolised hope for the future.
The Leukaemia Foundation aims to raise $1.5 million for vital research to improve treatments and find cures, and to continue to provide free emotional and practical support.
Register for Perth Light the Night at lightthenight.org.au or by calling 1800 500 088.