Light the way for leukaemia
LANTERNS stretched the length of the Echuca-Moama bridge as a sign of hope and community support when the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night fundraiser came to town in October.
Event organiser Bill Kuluris said more than 170 people attended and raised more than $11,500 for the foundation.
‘‘We were very happy with the night and it was such a great sight to see lanterns fill the whole length of the bridge,’’ Bill said.
A gold lantern remembers lost loved ones, a white lantern is carried by those diagnosed with leukaemia while blue lanterns are held by community members.
Bill’s world was turned upside-down last year, when he was diagnosed with lymphocytic leukaemia — a form of blood cancer common in people over 60. He is just 48.
He decided to organise the fundraiser to give back to the foundation that helped him and his family since his diagnosis and to show other sufferers in the area they are not alone.
‘‘We are hoping to make this an annual event and there will be a few tweaks to the program for next year,’’ he said.
Nanneella’s Kerry Gibson was diagnosed with myeloma six years ago.
She was part of the organising committee because she too has found the support offered to her through the foundation to be extremely beneficial.
‘‘The Leukaemia Foundation supports families and research,’’ she said.
‘‘The development of drugs and treatment worldwide is astounding. I just felt that it was important for me to give back in any little way I can.’’
Bill, Belinda, Katie and Madeline Kuluris.