FAMILY SUPPORT: Friends and family of Casino resident Lois Cornell gathered to raise money for leukaemia research at Evans Head recently.
FAMILY SUPPORT: Friends and family of Casino resident Lois Cornell gathered to raise money for leukaemia research at Evans Head recently. Contributed

Family rallies around mum

THE extended family of Casino resident Lois Cornell rallied to raise funds for leukaemia research recently, with a Light the Night walk through the Evans Head Caravan Park.

Under the light of raised lanterns about 30 people - family and fellow campers - helped spread the word that more research was badly needed to figure out the complexities of rare blood cancers and related disorders.

Light the Night

Lois' Brisbane-based daughter Lyndal Connell said the 'Light the Night' fundraiser secured more than $2000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, with family members coming from as far as Melbourne to attend the function, which coincided with Lois' 80th birthday.

With no government support, the Leukaemia Foundation relies on donations to fund research into Leukaemia, Myelodysplasia and Lymphoma. That money also goes towards patient support during illness - especially for rural people far from treatment.

Good to give blood

Lois has had the rare blood cancer Myelodysplasia, or MDS, for the past six years, and requires full blood transfusions every three weeks at Lismore Base Hospital.

In the lead-up to those transfusions, Lois loses haemoglobin with the result that she becomes increasingly tired.

Lois is cared for by her two Casino-based daughters, Trudi Brown and Sue Harvey.

Lyndal said that the fundraising occasion was also a timely reminder about the importance of giving blood, with so many people dependent on the gift to maintain some quality of life.

Further details

Every day, 34 people in Australia are told they have a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Donations ensure the Leukaemia Foundation can continue to help Australian families impacted by blood cancer by giving them the emotional and practical support they need, and funding blood cancer research to find the cures of tomorrow. Donations can be made at http://www.leukaemia.org.au

World MDS awareness day is on Sunday, October 25. More information about Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) can be found at the Leukaemia Foundation: http://www.leukaemia.org.au



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