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Stand together and shine a light on blood cancer

As the sun sets on Blood Cancer Awareness month, Australia’s evening sky will light up for the Leukaemia Foundation’s community event, Light the Night.

Across our country, thousands of families and friends who have experienced the darkness of blood cancer will stand together to Light the Night on Friday 30 September.

People like Sabrina Abawi (pictured), who lost her sister Summer to blood cancer, will gather with loved ones and take part in a virtual lantern lighting ceremony.

For Sabrina, lighting a gold lantern in Summer’s loving memory means so much.

“Summer was the light of our family. She was our golden girl. There are not enough words to describe what an amazing sister she was for me. She was the most devoted daughter to my mum and the most loving aunty to my son. We miss her every minute of every day.”

“Summer’s legacy is definitely finding a cure for blood cancer, in particular further research into stem cell transplants. She wouldn’t want anyone to go through this.”

Sabrina knows the powerful feeling of connectedness with others that Light the Night brings.

“It’s extremely important for the wider community to understand the real impact that Light the Night can have on families going through such darkness. I want to help let others know that you’re not alone.”

Be part of Light the Night this 30 September

Join Sabrina and thousands of others on this special evening – all you need is access to a screen with an internet connection. It’s a beautiful event for our community to stand together, show support, raise money and share hope.

Sign up at and join your loved one’s event – or register your own and invite friends and family to join you.

What do the lanterns represent?

Choose a lantern colour that represents the way blood cancer has impacted your life:

Illustration of a white lantern White symbolises your own blood cancer journey.
Illustration of a blue lantern  Blue symbolises your support for those affected by blood cancer.
Illustration of a yellow lantern Gold symbolises a loved one lost to blood cancer.

Last updated on August 30th, 2022

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