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-year nursing student at Flinders Hospital when she received news that would turn her world upside down – a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

By Tori’s 21st birthday, she was in Royal Adelaide Hospital receiving her first stem cell transplant after a closely matched donor was identified.

Around five months later on her way home from a weekend trip to Melbourne, Tori received a call from her doctor with the devastating news that the transplant had failed and she was in relapse.

Though she bravely underwent another round of treatment and a subsequent stem cell transplant, she sadly lost her battle several months later.

Though Tori never got the opportunity to attend a Light the Night herself, her loved ones have kept her memory alive.

Each year a group of family and friends including her cousin, Susan, come together in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne to walk as ‘Tori’s Avengers’ with gold lanterns held high to celebrate her life.

This year, Susan is a Gold Lantern Ambassador in Adelaide honouring Tori’s memory and walking in support of everyone facing the difficulty realities of blood cancer.

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