Supporters cast light for cancer
MICHELE Savage stood with her husband Peter a year ago at the Light the Night event in Brisbane and released a blue balloon symbolising hope that Peter would beat leukaemia.
Earlier this year Peter lost his battle with the disease and Mrs Savage says she will stand with a tear in her eye at this year's Bargara event as she lets go of a gold balloon and remembers her strong, happy, “life of the party” husband.
She will be one of many people taking part in the Light the Night event in Bargara which aims to raise awareness and honour loved ones who died from a blood cancer or related blood disorder.
Mrs Savage lost her husband one month from his 54th birthday to Multiple Myeloma Plasma Cell Leukaemia.
After finding out about the disease Peter only lived for 12 months and a week, and only spent 10 of those days at his Branyan home.
Mrs Savage said her husband asked for a doctor's appointment after feeling lethargic, losing his appetite and shedding the kilos.
“On Monday he had a doctor's appointment, Tuesday he had tests and on Wednesday they found out he had kidney failure and he was in the Brisbane hospital to find out why,” she said.
Mrs Savage divided her time between her husband in Brisbane and their two children Hannah, now 17, and Ainsleigh, 20.
The only time Peter returned home was for 10 days at Christmas.
“It was good to do the normal things for those days,” she said.
Mrs Savage and Peter attended a Light the Night event in Brisbane at South Bank last year in the hope to see white balloons which represent leukaemia patients who had survived the cancer.
Light the Night will he held on Thursday, October 7, between 5pm and 8pm at Nielson Park, Bargara.
People can register for the event at www.lightthenight.org.au or call 1800 500 088.