Light in the dark for cancer

THE newest member of the Bundaberg branch of the Leukaemia Foundation Donna Penningh knows first hand how people can be helped through their cancer journey.

Her husband died five years ago, after battling cancer.

The foundation's Queensland support services director Barbara Hartigan said it was this level of empathy that made Ms Penningh perfect for her role as a support services volunteer.

“Patients in the Bundaberg district, when diagnosed with blood cancer, are sent to Brisbane for treatment,” Ms Hartigan said.

“The average length of their stay in Brisbane is five-and-a-half months.”

With Ms Penningh based in Bundaberg, patients about to go to Brisbane will be advised of what they could expect during their time in the city and will also have a familiar face to go to upon their return.

With an average of 11 families from the Bundaberg region being accommodated by the foundation in Brisbane every day, the region is one of the busiest for the organisation in the state.

This makes the Light the Night event to be held by the foundation at Bargara on October 8 even more significant.

All members of the public are invited to attend the gathering to show their support.

“We hope this event will just grow,” Ms Hartigan said.

“It's not about raising money, it's about raising awareness.”

For more information on the Leukaemia Foundation or to register for the event visit www.lightthenight.org.au or telephone 1800 500 088.



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