So far, incredible Australians have raised $0 to provide vital support for families facing blood cancer.
2022 bright fundraisers
See who is lighting the way for over 53 Australian families who will receive a blood cancer diagnosis today.
Take a look at the bright fundraiser levels and what each of them means here:
Read the latest media stories about the people who Light the Night.
In 2022, Australians will Light the Night in their own special way.
In its 15th year, Australia’s most important event for the blood cancer community, Light the Night has changed significantly to adapt to a COVID world.
With thousands of Australians impacted by blood cancer, usually gathering at large events in each capital city, COVID-19 has meant that the event now looks inward to our homes.
On Friday, 30 September, registrants for Light the Night will be encouraged to host their own private events and share photos and stories on social media to keep the blood cancer community connected.
Each lantern shines with its own special meaning:
For one’s own blood cancer journey.
To show support for those affected by blood cancer.
To remember a loved one lost to blood cancer.
On the night, thousands of families, friends, colleagues and neighbours will gather around their screens to take part in the official virtual lantern lighting ceremony.
This night is an important moment to reflect, remember and share hope as a community who understands the darkness a blood cancer brings to our lives.
Fast facts about blood cancer
Your blood is a remarkable thing. It keeps you alive by giving your body what it needs, taking away what it doesn’t and fighting off infection.
Blood cancer stops your blood from doing what it needs to keep you alive and healthy.
- Blood cancer does not discriminate. It can develop in anyone and occur at any age and at any stage of life.
- There are many types of blood cancer, and they are among the most prevalent and deadly cancers in Australia today. The most common types of blood cancer are called lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.
- Another 53 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer each day, joining more than 135,000 people living with the devastating impact of our second most diagnosed cancer.
- This year, more than 19,403 Australians will be newly diagnosed.
- No screening programs are available, and no way to prevent blood cancer through lifestyle changes.
- Blood cancer is on the rise. Over the past 10 years, the incidence of blood cancer has increased by 47%.
- 16 Australians will lose their life to blood cancer each day, and 1 in 3 people diagnosed with a blood cancer will not survive 5 years after their diagnosis.
- More research is needed to understand the causes of blood cancer and find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
- People living with blood cancer have the best chance to survive and live well when diagnosed quickly and treated with the best therapies for their specific type of cancer.
Resources and media contacts
We have many individuals willing to share their stories about why they will Light the Night. We can give you more information about:
- The event (history, changes in 2022, money raised, copy for diary dates)
- Human Interest stories (including photo opportunities)
- The impact of blood cancer (stats and facts)
- The Leukaemia Foundation (what we stand for and how we help)