ST Georges Basin’s Christine Frew has seen first-hand the toll that a Leukaemia diagnosis can take.
The experience of her own family has moved her to organise the Light The Night, a charity walk at Huskisson to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“My son-in-law has leukaemia,” Ms Frew said.
“He received the diagnosis 10 months ago and is currently in remission. It has been a really tough time.
She has been overwhelmed by the community’s response to her idea for a charity walk.
“Once I put it up on Facebook, it took less than 15 minutes and I had everyone asking to join,” she said.
“Now we are putting on a sausage sizzle, we have a raffle with vouchers donated by local businesses and we are expecting 200 people to show up from all over the Shoalhaven.”
Everyone is welcomed to show up on the night and join the walk, or you can officially sign up for the Huskisson team on the Light the Night Leukaemia Foundation website under the Wollongong tab.
Lanterns for the Light The Night charity walk will be available on the night for $20 each.
Battery operated candles can also be purchased for $5 each and every cent raised goes directly to the Leukaemia Foundation.
The walk will start at White Sands Park, Huskisson on a return trip to Collingwood Beach, Vincentia at 5pm on Monday, October 14.
The Leukaemia Foundation hopes to raise more than $1 million this year for blood cancer research.
Blood cancer can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.
Every 46 minutes, an Australian is diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma and every two hours, someone dies from one of these blood cancers.
Blood cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Australia.
For more information contact Christine Frew on 0404 987 790 or visit www.lightthenight.org.au.