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Read the latest media stories about the people who Light the Night, blood cancer research and the 2020 Light the Night event.

Bright Star Fundraiser – Chiara Johnson
Young Chiara was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in July 2020. She had just turned 11 years old. Her family could never have dreamed of the way the diagnosis would transf...
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Light the Night Shooting Star - Shane Bulloch
Life threw Shane a shock curveball on July 29th, 2020, when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Diffuse B-Cell with Follicular Lymphoma. “I quickly underwent chemotherapy treatment as an inpa...
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Light the Night Shooting Star - Winston Lin
Winston was like any other 11-year-old boy – he enjoyed going to school, playing sports (hockey and basketball are his favourites), and playing with his friends. This all changed on May 6th...
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Bright Star Fundraiser - Mark Reid
“One day we are happy, living and enjoying life, working hard and concreting our new BBQ area... the next, everything changed.” A simple blood test after a mountain biking accident changed ...
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Osher Gunsberg shines a light on blood cancer and hosts Australia’s first virtual Light the Night event
Osher Gunsberg has been announced as host of the Leukaemia Foundation’s first virtual Light the Night event, with the popular Australian media personality set to guide tens of thousands of p...
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Bright Star Fundraiser - Deni Caspanello
For schoolteacher Deni, the morning of March 28th, 2020 started just like any other. Then, the chest pains started. “It felt like I was having a heart attack,” Deni said. “I was taken to h...
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Light the Night Shooting Star – Jeff Cairns
When Jeff Cairns raises his gold lantern on Saturday, 10 October – it will be on the deck that his wife never got to see finished. It was April 2020. Jeff and his loving wife Lyndell sat in...
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Mackenzie's Blood Cancer Triumph
A month after her second birthday, Mackenzie was diagnosed with blood cancer. In a heartbeat, the shock diagnosis had turned the lives of her parents Brenton and Tanya Butterworth, and her t...
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Fifteen-month-old Flynn's Fight for his Family
Blood cancer diagnoses radically transform lives. They can force people to leave their homes, to leave work, to leave their daily life behind as they begin their journeys of treatment. For F...
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A Life-Changing Morning: Brett's Blood Cancer Battle
On Valentine's Day 2018, 26-year-old Brett Conley (pictured left) unknowingly left her Melbourne apartment for what would be the last time that year. Since Christmas, she had been suffering...
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Motherhood, Meaningful Moments and AML: Sharon's Blood Cancer Journey
In 2016, Sharon Frazer would walk fifteen kilometres a day through her surrounding Sydney suburbs. She was a healthy, happy and highly busy mum to four children going through school. She had...
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Media Centre

In 2020, Australians will Light the Night in their own special way – from home.

In its 13th 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 Saturday, October 10 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.

Registrants are asked to fundraise at least $100 each to receive a coloured lantern to light on the night.

Each lantern shines with its own special meaning:

White lantern

For their own blood cancer journey

Gold lantern

To remember a loved one lost to blood cancer

Blue lantern

To show support for those affected by blood cancer.

As darkness falls – thousands of Australians will gather around their screens to be part of a beautiful streamed lantern lighting ceremony – in a shared moment of hope and unity for a future free of blood cancer.

Download the 2020 Media Release

Fast facts about blood cancer

  • Blood cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia and the most commonly diagnosed childhood cancer.
  • More than 110,000 people are living with blood cancer or a related blood disorder in Australia today.
  • Every year, 17,321 Australians will be newly diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. This is equivalent to 47 people every day or one person every 31 minutes.
  • Blood cancer is on the rise. Over the past ten years, the incidence of blood cancer has increased by approximately 38%.
  • More support for Australians living with blood cancer is urgently needed, as we brace for the numbers to soar to 275,000 by 2035.
  • More research is needed to understand the causes of blood cancer and to find better treatments and ultimately, a cure.
  • People living with blood cancer have the best chance to survive and to live well when they are diagnosed quickly and treated with the best therapies for their specific type of cancer.
  • Blood cancer does not discriminate. It can develop in anyone, can occur at any age and at any stage of life.

Resources and media contacts

We have many individuals who are willing to share their story about why they will Light the Night. We can give you more information about:

  • The event (history, changes in 2020, 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)

National Media Manager
Monique Cerreto
0478 300 507

Public Relations Specialist
Anika Hume
0429 850 562

Public Relations Coordinator
Yulia Zaytseva
0427 923 553