Stories of bravery and hope

THOUSANDS of Queenslanders are planning to take a sunset stroll on October 8.

They will be holding specially lit balloons to remember, celebrate and give hope to those touched by a blood cancer or related blood disorder as part of Light the Night.

The special evening, organised by the Leukaemia Foundation, is being held to remember, reflect and give hope.

Leukaemia Foundation CEO Peter Johnstone said Light the Night provided a unique opportunity to gather and be inspired by stories of bravery and hope.

“Light the Night is a special evening for those in the community who have gone through the difficult journey that comes with a blood disorder or cancer diagnosis,” Mr Johnstone said.

“And it's a chance for their family, friends, co-workers and community to show their love and support.

“The illuminated balloons create a beautiful sea of lights that represent a beacon of hope to those affected by these diseases.

“The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every day brings us closer to more effective treatment regimes and ultimately a cure.”

Mr Johnstone said businesses and community groups were being encouraged to gather a team, fundraise and show their support.

This can be done by walking with the very people who are affected by these diseases.

“Funds raised from the event will ensure promising medical research continues.

“It also helps with the provision of free support services and accommodation to patients and their families,” he said.

The Gold Coast Light the Night will be held at the Broadwater Parklands on October 8 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm with the walk to start at 7pm.

Inquiries may be directed to 1800 500 088 or at the website:

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