Family shining a light on cancer research

A SPECIAL twilight fundraiser will shine light on cancer awareness by Mildura’s riverside tomorrow night.

Light the Night at Jaycee Park will see an uplifting and visually-stunning display of lanterns lit at 7pm by at least 120 people to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The family-friendly night kicks off at 4.30pm, thanks to Katherine and Nathan Byrne, who are grateful for the foundation’s support of their three-year-old son Kai.

All profits from businesses on the night will go towards the foundation, including munchies from the Great Australian Ice Creamery, Sunny Kupcakes the Lion’s Club and Lebanese cuisine from A Taste of Beirut.

“It is the last day of the school term, so why not get out with the kids and enjoy some nice food by the river?” Ms Byrne said.

“The lanterns are $20 and it goes towards the foundation to help find a cure for blood cancer.

“We are hoping to raise at least $2000 for research for this not-for-profit organisation that relies on donations.”

Young Kai is now in his ninth month of a three-year cancer treatment stint after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last Christmas.

Sadly, blood cancer is Australia’s second-biggest cause of cancer death, claiming a life every two hours, according to the foundation.

“Kai’s cancer is the most common type of cancer in children – and probably the most treatable, but I don’t think a 90 per cent cure rate is good enough,” Ms Byrne said.

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