Light the Night: Leukemia Foundation Wodonga

Posted on October 4, 2012 by

MEDIA RELEASE: 4th October 2012


Wodonga will be a place where hope shines when the Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night takes place this month.

Organiser Philip Singleton decided to host his own Light the Night event after his son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).

Philip’s son August was diagnosed with ALL in 2007 when he was only two years old. Philip immediately knew the severity of this diagnosis from looking at his gravely ill son who was unable to walk.

Philip and his family’s lives have been changed forever since their son’s diagnosis. It has been a difficult journey but Philip remains strong, determined and proud of his son who has grown up so much over the last few years.

“When I look back on the leukaemia journey I see how much it has changed not only us as a family, but also my son. In a lot of ways he was forced to mature quicker than most children. He is a different little boy because of what he has had to endure,” said Philip.

Due to August’s treatment for ALL, he was unable to undertake many of the childhood experiences that so many take for granted. Not only did he miss learning to swim, but even playing at the park has not been possible due to his illness.

“Life is lived inside a bubble in fear of infection. But that’s life with cancer and you do anything to survive it.”

August’s journey has opened Philip’s eyes to the tremendous support they received from family and the community. He is so grateful to doctors, the medical team at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital and the Leukaemia Foundation that cared for his family during this difficult period.

By hosting a Light the Night event, Philip hopes to show support to all the families living with blood cancer and hopes to raise $5,000 for research into a cure.

Philip is encouraging the Albury Wodonga community to get behind the event and support the cause. There will be a sausage sizzle and a raffle amongst other activities.

What: Light the Night is an inspiring twilight walk where family and friends will shine beautiful lanterns of hope: Gold to remember a loved one; White to reflect on life with blood cancer; Blue to support others.

Where: St Augustine’s Primary School, Wodonga

When: Thursday 18 October, 6:30pm

Why: By taking part in the Wodonga Light the Night, people can make a difference in the hope that one day leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma will be gone forever

How: To learn more about how you can be involved, please call 1800 500 088or visit

More than 50,000 Australian families face the challenges of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every day. And every 46 minutes, another person is diagnosed. That’s why the Leukaemia Foundation is asking you to help raise $2 million for blood cancer research at Light the Night. You can sign up to walk at an event, host an event of your own or make a donation. The experience is breathtaking and the money you raise will fund vital research to help cure blood cancer and related blood disorders forever.

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.


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