Lighting up the night in Bargara
IN less than a week, Lindsay Allen went from a healthy man with a few aches and pains to a person who was told he had two to six years to live.
“Everything had moved so fast,” he said.
“It kind of rocks you a bit - you think 'Why me?'.”
The Bundaberg man had to go to Brisbane for painful chemotherapy and other operations for multiple myeloma.
This is where, he said, the Leukaemia Foundation became an integral part of his cancer journey.
“The Leukaemia Foundation was there to help and support,” Mr Allen said.
Now in remission, the Bundaberg man is trying to build his strength to go back to work.
And despite the grim statistics he continues to hope for a cure for his bone cancer.
“The only thing that gives you any hope is the constant advances in the medicine,” he said.
“And your family and friends become very important to you.”
Mr Allen and his wife Michele were among about 400 people who chose to show their support of the foundation during the Light The Night event at Bargara yesterday.
The event was an awareness raising venture held at major centres along Queensland's east coast.
“I'm interested to see how many white balloons are here,” Mr Allen said.
“Those are for the people who have gone through and come out of it the other side.”
Blue balloons, for supporters, as well as gold balloons - a symbol of remembrance for a lost loved one - were also on display at Nielson Park.
Mr Allen had one piece of advice.
“Always remain positive,” he said.
“And there will be a cure - it might not be in the next five or ten years, but it will happen.”