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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:

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Read the latest media stories about the people who Light the Night.

The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Sabrina Abawi as our Light the Night Gold Lantern Ambassador for 2022
The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Sabrina Abawi as our Light the Night Gold Lantern Ambassador for 2022
Disclaimer: This story may raise feelings of grief, loss, and distress for some readers. If you are experiencing difficulty at any time, remember that you are not alone. To connect with a bl...
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The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Emma as Our Light the Night Blue Lantern Ambassador for 2022
The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Emma as Our Light the Night Blue Lantern Ambassador for 2022
On Friday, 30 September, Emma will be lighting a blue lantern in support of her Son, Elliott, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in March 2021. In 2021, Emma's son, Elliot...
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The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Sage as Our Light the Night White Lantern Ambassador for 2022
The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Sage as Our Light the Night White Lantern Ambassador for 2022
In April 2017, Sage was an aspiring 22-year-old athlete playing for the Mounties Rugby League Football Club—until a shock blood cancer diagnosis stopped him in his tracks. After experiencing...
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The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Bruce McAvaney as Our Light the Night Host For 2022
The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Bruce McAvaney as Our Light the Night Host For 2022
The Leukaemia Foundation is proud to welcome Australian sports broadcaster and commentator Bruce McAvaney as our Light the Night host for 2022. For over four decades we have heard Bruce's ...
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Bianca honoured her own blood cancer journey
Bianca honoured her own blood cancer journey
On Saturday, 16 October last year, Bianca Tesoriero lit a white lantern to honour her own blood cancer journey. On behalf of the entire Leukaemia Foundation — and every Australian facing blo...
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Our two heroes battling the same blood cancer
Our two heroes battling the same blood cancer
The Leukaemia Foundation – on behalf of every Australian who has been touched by blood cancer – would like to deeply thank Elle Skordis for being a Light the Night Bright Star for 2021. Sinc...
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Catherine remembered her Father through Light the Night
Catherine remembered her Father through Light the Night
The Leukaemia Foundation – on behalf of every Australian who has been touched by blood cancer – would like to thank Catherine for not only joining us to Light the Night, but for being a Brig...
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Ben lit a white lantern to honour his own blood cancer journey
Ben lit a white lantern to honour his own blood cancer journey
The Leukaemia Foundation – on behalf of every Australian who has been touched by blood cancer – would like to thank Ben Elley for being a Light the Night bright star fundraiser for 2021. On ...
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Ruby lit her white lantern for a second time
Ruby lit her white lantern for a second time
The Leukaemia Foundation – on behalf of every Australian who has been touched by blood cancer – would like to deeply thank Ruby D’Rozario for being a Light the Night Shooting Star for 2021. ...
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Josh Gourlay-Young lit a white lantern from hospital
Josh Gourlay-Young lit a white lantern from hospital
The Leukaemia Foundation – on behalf of every Australian who has been touched by blood cancer – would like to thank Josh Gourlay-Young for being a Light the Night Bright Star for 2021. Since...
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Nicole lit a gold lantern for her dad, Graeme
Nicole lit a gold lantern for her dad, Graeme
Nicole Gregson was a Light the Night Bright Star for 2021, as she has raised over $7,725 for the Leuakemia Foundation. We could not be more grateful for Nicole’s support. In October last yea...
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An update on our two-time Shooting Star – now in remission and beginning life's next chapter
An update on our two-time Shooting Star – now in remission and beginning life's next chapter
"They say in life every cloud has a silver lining; it would seem mine was not just silver but platinum!" Shane Bulloch was a shooting star for Light the Night 2020 – after raising over $16,...
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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.

Media Release

Sally hosting a Light the Night in memory of David

Each lantern shines with its own special meaning:

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White lantern

For one’s own blood cancer journey.

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Blue lantern

To show support for those affected by blood cancer.

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Gold lantern

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.

Description:

  • 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)

Media Manager (VIC, ACT, SA, NT)

Kim Loudon
0460 000 536

Media Manager (QLD, WA, NSW, TAS)
Prue Cripps
0427 251 452

Media Coordinator
Yulia Zaytseva
0427 923 553