The Leukaemia Foundation Welcomes Bruce McAvaney as Our Light the Night Host For 2022

19 August 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 iconic voice echo through our living rooms and radios during famous sporting events on Channel 7 such as the Australian Open, the Olympics, AFL, the Melbourne Cup, and the Commonwealth Games—but now, he's becoming the voice of a cause that is close to his heart.

In 2014, after a routine blood test, Bruce was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), joining 135,000 other people currently living with a blood cancer.

Bruce Light the Night Host for 2022
Bruce holding his white lantern alongside his ”canine best friend” Frankie
"Although I was diagnosed back in 2014, in many ways my journey was just beginning. It didn’t require treatment at that stage, just monitoring. In those eight years since I was first diagnosed, I know treatment options have increased exponentially—and that’s because of the focus on research worldwide but not least in Australia."

Bruce and those close to him decided to keep his battle with cancer private following his diagnosis, as he continued to complete his broadcasting and commentating duties for Channel 7. In March 2017, nearly three years after he was diagnosed, he revealed publicly that he had blood cancer—and received overwhelming support from both inside and outside the Australian sporting community.

Since his diagnosis, he has also been blessed with incredible support from medical experts both in his hometown of Adelaide and in Melbourne, his employer, and most of all his family (including his "canine best friend" Frankie)—and for that, he is eternally grateful.

“There’s regular communication from them and it makes me feel safe. And that takes away much of the fear of what might lie ahead. Support is the thing. I’m lucky to have an extended family who are concerned about me physically but also emotionally. As you can see, I have a canine best friend, Frankie, who rarely lets me out of her sight. I have an employer who I can talk to about how I might need to modify my commitments to protect my health.

Upon reflection of his blood cancer experience to date, Bruce is quick to highlight that blood cancer can touch anyone, at any time.

“So many of us face health challenges. Blood cancers don’t discriminate across age, gender or race. We’re not alone but sometimes it might feel that way.”
“When we see those lanterns glowing, it’s a bit like holding hands through the darkness. We think of those who have cancer and those of us who are supporting loved ones who are fighting it, and those too who have lost loved ones. And those who work tirelessly to get the better of it.”

Bruce has this message for those participating in Light the Night this year and joining him as he lights a white lantern in honour of his unique blood cancer journey:

“Whether you’re lighting white, blue or gold lanterns this year, I hope you feel that you are not alone. We may not physically be together, but we’re certainly joined in spirit.”
Bruce Light the Night Host for 2022
Bruce standing with 2022 Light the Night Ambassadors Emma Jones-Perrin (left) and Sage Wilder (right)

Bruce will take over hosting duties from fellow Australian television personality Osher Günsberg who was the voice of Light the Night in both 2020 and 2021—after it was reimagined as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osher's mother battled the blood cancer myeloma—also known as multiple myeloma—for several years and sadly passed from the disease in 2018. The Leukaemia Foundation would like to thank Osher for his contributions to this iconic event.

By joining us on Friday, 30 September to Light the Night, you are reminding every Australian touched by blood cancer that they aren’t alone in their journey.

Register now to Light the Night and join thousands of Australians from all over the country as we stand together to shine a light on blood cancer.

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