Susie Adams, of Terowie, will be helping to light the dark skies of Peterborough in October for the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night fundraiser.
To be held in Victoria Park on October 20, Peterborough and surrounding towns will join together with other Australians who have felt the devastating impact of blood cancer.
Susie will walk for her father Trevor, who passed away in 2015 after a five-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and kidney failure.
Trevor was only 61 at his diagnosis and spent six long months in Adelaide receiving treatment at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before he was allowed to return home.
Returning home was a huge relief for his family but the pain of distance did not lessen.
Trevor was required to travel 110 kilometres to Port Pirie three times a week for kidney dialysis.
Upon every struggle the Adams family faced, almost a year after Trevor’s diagnosis, Susie’s mum Vikki was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and passed away six weeks later.
With heartache for his dear wife and the fight of leukaemia, Trevor passed away in August 2015 surrounded by Susie and her five siblings.
Passionate to help make a difference, Susie, the event organiser, hopes that this year they will get more participants and subsequently raise more money.
“I’m hoping to raise $500 altogether, if not more but last year we only had 30 walkers due to weather so hopefully this year we will have a lot more”, Susie said.
This event is very close to Susie’s heart and she is beyond proud knowing that she helping to raise money and awareness.
“I am so overwhelmed with the local community for their ongoing support with the charity events that we hold. It makes a huge difference when you have people to support you.”
On the night, attendees hold gold lanterns to remember loved ones lost to blood cancer and white lanterns if they’ve been diagnosed themselves. Blue lanterns are proudly raised by friends, family, workmates and the wider community.