Local resident Karen Michael knows how vital raising awareness and money for leukaemia is.
She lost her father John Supple to the blood cancer 21 years ago. Her mother Adrienne also died from leukaemia three months ago.
“I have seen the progress made so I know how important it is to raise as much money as possible to find a cure,” she said.
“With the type of leukaemia my mum had she was on a medication that kept it at bay, so they have definitely made advances.”
The desire to raise awareness and funds led to her involvement in the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night fundraiser on Friday night – on what would have been her mum’s 80th birthday.
She was joined by family and friends for a ceremony and short lantern walk at Barangaroo Reserve.
Gold lanterns were held to remember loved ones lost to blood cancer, while those who carried a white lantern have been diagnosed with blood cancer themselves.
Everyday 35 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorders.
Leukaemia Foundation Community Fundraising Officer, Sarah Hozack said: “Attending Light the Night in Sydney is a wonderful way to show those in our community facing blood cancer that, even in their darkest hour, they’re not alone.”
Light The Night aims to raise more than $20,000 to help provide the support and services local families need to beat their blood cancer. Alarmingly, the equivalent of one person every 41 minutes is diagnosed.