Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

LAU­REN Stacy will be on a per­sonal mis­sion of thanks when she takes part in the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s fundrais­ing Light the Night Walk this year.

Lau­ren was di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin's lym­phoma in Jan­uary last year.

Thank­fully she is now in re­mis­sion, and us­ing her story to in­spire oth­ers.

“As some­one who has been on my own can­cer jour­ney, I can tell you that with­out the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion, there is no way I would have sur­vived,” she said.

“It’s not just about med­i­cal sup­port, it’s emo­tional and fi­nan­cial sup­port.

“It’s help­ing peo­ple get to chemo or help­ing some­one re­alise they have some­thing worth fight­ing for, be­cause be­lieve me, it be­comes ex­tremely hard to see the light at the end of the tun­nel and giv­ing up can seem like the least ex­haust­ing op­tion.

“The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion do so much more than you re­alise.”

Lau­ren has al­ready raised $2480 for Light the Night, and en­cour­aged oth­ers to get in­volved.

The funds raised at Light the Night will be used by the Foun­da­tion to pro­vide fam­i­lies around Aus­tralia with ser­vices such as emo­tional sup­port from di­ag­no­sis, through treat­ment and be­yond.

The Foun­da­tion also pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing their loved one’s weeks and months of treat­ment in the city as well as trans­port to and from chemo­ther­apy – all at no cost to them.

“I en­cour­age oth­ers to get in­volved and regis­ter for Light the Night,” Lau­ren said.

“The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion to me were like a light in a dark cor­ner and were able to give me the sup­port I needed – thanks to the do­na­tions of many self­less strangers.

“You don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero, you only have to make a do­na­tion.”

The Light the Night Walk is on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 7 at the Uni­ver­sity of Western Aus­tralia.

For fur­ther de­tails visit light­ perth.

Lau­ren Stacy will light a lantern on Oc­to­ber 7.

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