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Support Light the Night in Benalla next month

Kate Leith is battling a B-cell prolymphocytic leukaemia, a rare, incurable form of the blood cancer and is calling on the community to join her for the third annual Light the Night Benalla event, to raise funds for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma research.

MONIQUE FREER August 21, 2014 3:00am

Leukaemia sufferer Kate Leith is encouraging the community to support Light the Night Benalla 2014.


The streets of Benalla will be lit up next month in support of people suffering from blood cancers.

Kate Leith is calling on the community to join her for the third annual Light the Night Benalla event, to raise funds for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma research.

Ms Leith is battling a B-cell prolymphocytic leukaemia, a rare, incurable form of the blood cancer.

She learned of her diagnosis just months after giving birth to her second son, Noah, in October 2010.

‘‘Three years ago, I was diagnosed with this dreaded disease and only given two years to live,’’ Ms Leith said.

‘‘(I’m) still here and fighting with all my might.’’

Ms Leith has been fundraising throughout the year for the cause, with all money raised going to the Leukaemia Foundation.

‘‘It means a lot knowing I’ve got support for Leukaemia Foundation and (people) are out there supporting me and they know why I’m doing it,’’ she said.

‘‘The awareness is getting out there about blood cancer and people are talking about it.’’

About $5000 has already been raised from different events and donations, including $2500 from a progressive dinner last month.

Ms Leith said she was aiming to raise $15000 for leukaemia research, after raising more than $13000 last year.

Light the Night Benalla will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 5pm to 7pm at the rotunda in Benalla Botanical Gardens.

Several locals will speak on the night about their experiences with blood cancer.

‘‘We want to still keep it quite personal,’’ Ms Leith said.

‘‘I’ve had a lot more people come forward about their blood cancer experiences.’’

Anyone donating $20 or more will receive a lantern on the evening in one of three colours; gold to remember a loved one, white to reflect on life with blood cancer or blue to support others.

There will be hot drinks and a barbecue available, as well as face painting and a performance by local group Paper Band. A raffle will also be drawn at the event.For more information visit ‘Light the Night Benalla 2014’ on Facebook. To donate visit http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/KateLeith or phone Kate on 0419319465.

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