LIGHT THE NIGHT: Jessica Gray, 7, of Tregeagle, and Christine Gibson want to shine a light on leukaemia as part of a fundraising and awareness effort.
LIGHT THE NIGHT: Jessica Gray, 7, of Tregeagle, and Christine Gibson want to shine a light on leukaemia as part of a fundraising and awareness effort. Marc Stapelberg

Shine a light for little girls like Jessica

BLUE, gold and white lanterns will light the night in Tregeagle, south of Lismore, next Friday to raise awareness of blood cancers.

Event organiser Christine Gibson said she wanted to give back to the Leukaemia Foundation for supporting her daughter, Jessica Gray, on her own blood cancer journey.

"They are just so supportive of a lot of people in this area," she said. "I hope the community will support the Light the Night event, even just to come and walk."

The highlight of the evening will be the twilight lantern walk, with participants lighting and carrying a lantern each to represent their own involvement with leukaemia.

"To remember anybody who has passed away from blood cancer, they carry a gold lantern," Ms Gibson said.

"Somebody walking to support somebody who is on a journey for blood cancer, they carry a blue lantern.

"And somebody who is actually on a journey, like my daughter, they carry a white lantern."

Jessica, 7, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, the most common form of cancer in children, almost two years ago to date.

"She's going okay this year," Ms Gibson said.

"Last year we were in an out of hospital a lot, but this year we've only had two overnight stays."

Jessica will be the white lantern ambassador on the night and Ms Gibson, the blue ambassador.

Light the Night will be held at the Tregeagle Public School on October 9 from 5.30pm.

Apart from the lantern walk activities will include face painting, music by Greg Nolan, guessing competitions, lucky door prizes and a sausage sizzle.



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