Lifelong neighbours share life's joys, tragedies, battles
CHLOE Robinson and Tania Kirkland grew up living next door to each other, got married on the same day five years apart and had daughters within six weeks of each other.
However, nobody imagined that both their four-year-old daughters would need to rely on the Leukaemia Foundation for support.
Chloe's daughter Emily was diagnosed in 2010 and is doing well with only eight more months of scheduled treatment. Chloe says the foundation's work goes largely unnoticed.
"The Leukaemia Foundation does so much for locals, helping with travelling to see specialists in Sydney and Brisbane," said Chloe.
"You don't know what they do until you need their help," agreed Tania.
The Lismore mums have decided to show their thanks to the foundation by organising a Light The Night cancer awareness night with an outdoor cinema on Saturday.
The family event is a chance for participants to shine a lantern of hope to help cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
When you shine a lantern of hope with family and friends at Light the Night, you will help to raise vital funds for research, giving new hope to people with blood cancer.
The highlight for the evening will be a screening of Madagascar. It should be a great family evening with face painting, balloon twisting, sausage sizzle and more.
The Light The Night ceremony and outdoor cinema will run 5-8pm at Oakes Oval on Saturday.
For more information or to register a lantern go to the Light the Night website.