See­ing the light

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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