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2019 Bright Fundraisers

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Professor Zannettino will raise a Blue lantern in support of blood cancer research

Professor Andrew Zannettino is the newly appointed Executive Director of Research Strategy, a joint appointment between the University of Adelaide and Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), SA...

Susan and family will be raising a gold lantern to honour a young life lost much too soon

On the day Susan Wade was married, her cousin Mark and his wife Helen found out they were pregnant with a baby girl who they were to name Tori. At just 20-years-old, Tori was on placement as a second...

Broadcaster of the Year Alice Monfries to MC Light the Night in Sydney

Alice is an ambassador for The Leukaemia Foundation and will be emceeing this year’s Light the Night event in Sydney. An award-winning journalist and presenter with the Nine Network, Alice covers bre...

Jeanette takes nothing for granted since her Myeloma diagnosis

Darwin mother of two Jeanette Kingston, 41, never takes a single day for granted. When she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on August 13, 2018 she thought death was knocking at her door. With two...

Associate Professor Lane’s research is working to improve survival rates

Assoc. Prof Lane is Head of the Cancer Program at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.He is a CSL Centenary Fellow (2017-2021), working on identifying new drug pathways and repurposing existing ...

Innovative new treatment options give hope to patients and families

An esteemed researcher in the field of lymphoma, Dr Kelly’s interest in science and medical research was partly shaped by her experience as a teenager losing a close school friend to Hodgkin’s Lymphom...

Harriet remembers her husband and raises a gold lantern in his honour

Harriet lost her husband John, 67 to AML in May, 2019. He was diagnosed in November 2017 and they were some of the first people to stay in the new accommodation at Stirling Cross, Innaloo. As soon as...

Carole celebrates her journey through blood disease at Light the Night

Former University of Western Australia research assistant, Carole Bartlett chose not to ‘watch and wait’ after being diagnosed with a rare blood disease, AL Amyloidosis in mid-2011. Carole visited ...

Supporting Australia’s brightest blood cancer minds

Making a difference to the lives of her patients is Dr Wei Jiang’s reason for getting up each morning.Dr Jiang is just one of the talented researchers you will support when you fundraise in the lea...

MEDIA RELEASE: Shine a light on blood cancer this Spring

More than 35,000 Australians will unite to walk together and to shine a light on blood cancer at the annual Light the Night event across the country this October. The Leukaemia Foundation's beautiful ...

Olivia has been touched by leukaemia too many times

Olivia sadly lost her mum to leukaemia 20 years ago and lost her dad to leukaemia in September 2017. In the past 20 years, Olivia herself has seen the transformation of treatment options and support a...

Support for Melena made all the difference

When Melena was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in March last year, she had no idea where her cancer journey would take her. Neither did she know where she would stay when forced to relocate to ...

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Now in its 12th year, Light the Night is a special event bringing Australia’s blood cancer community together in more than 140 locations as a sign of support and solidarity. This event will see the young and old, people living with blood cancer, families and friends, doctors, nurses and researchers walking as one.

Held in the month of October, more than 35,000 people will gather to walk, remember and reflect during a moving ceremony at Light the Night events across the country. Most Light the Night events, particularly the capital city events are held on Friday 11 October 2019. Participants will hold coloured lantern during the evening walks to represent their journey with blood cancer. These colours are:

  • Gold lantern – to remember loved ones lost to blood cancer, while fundraising to help others facing a similar challenge.
  • White lantern – for people who have been diagnosed with blood cancer themselves, while raising money to make a better future for those who may have to follow in their footsteps.
  • Blue lantern – raised high by the community that surrounds us all, funding the lifesaving support services that their families or someone they know may one day need.

The night will take your breath away. It’s an empowering, beautiful and supportive event that brings family and friends together with a united goal: to fund research that will help beat blood cancer.

Download the 2019 media release


Fast facts

  • Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are types of blood cancer. Blood cancer and related disorders can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time. The equivalent of one person every 36 minutes is diagnosed and there are around 110,000 Aussies currently living with the disease.
  • Although research is improving survival, sadly someone loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.
  • The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life. Thanks to its supporters, the Leukaemia Foundation helps hundreds of families from regional Australia each year by providing free accommodation in capital cities so they can access life-saving treatment at major hospitals.
  • The registered charity also offers free transport to medical appointments, counselling, information, education and practical support to families when they need it most.

Resources

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

  • The event (history, celebrities, money raised, copy for diary dates)
  • Human interest stories (including photo opportunities)
  • The impact of blood cancer (facts and stats)
  • The Leukaemia Foundation (what we stand for, how we help)

Media Contacts:

National Media Manager Monique Cerreto 02 9902 2225 0478 300 507
Public Relations Specialist WA, SA & NT Gail Heritage 08 8169 6058 0410 755 514
PR Specialist QLD, NSW, VIC + TASAnika Hume 03 3318 4400 0410 755 514

Public Relations Coordinator

Yulia Zaytseva 0427 923 553