Light the Night: Shock diagnosis throw’s family life into chaos

Aleigha Barclay with partner Jayden Webb and sons Brax (2) and Katana (3).
Aleigha Barclay with partner Jayden Webb and sons Brax (2) and Katana (3).

ALEIGHA Barclay and her family have lived seven out the past 12 months in Perth, 200 kilometres from home in Wheatbelt town Darkan.

In July last year, she received a shock acute myeloid leukaemia diagnosis and her partner Jayden Webb and sons Brax (2) and Katana (3) left for the Perth immediately, moving into a Ferndale unit provided by the Leukaemia Foundation.

“These thing happy really fast and it’s quite scary,” Mrs Barclay said.

“Before I was diagnosed I had seen the Leukaemia Foundation, but knew nothing about what they do, but their help has been amazing.”

Last week after a successful bone marrow transplant, the family left the Leukaemia Foundation’s house for home in Darkan.

“I’m happy to be home, and I’ve started to be weaned off my medication,” Ms Barclay said.

“I’m thankful to the Leukaemia Foundation and will start fundraising for them when I can.”

On October 9 at UWA, Mrs Barclay will walk among thousands of Australians in Light the Night- a night to remember loved ones who died of blood cancer, their own blood cancer journey, or simply to show they care.

This year’s event will cater for families and people of all ages and participants will light the night by raising their lanterns and carrying them along a gentle walk.

Ms Barclay is the WA spokeswoman, and said Light the Night symbolised hope for the future.

The Leukaemia Foundation aims to raise $1.5 million funding vital research to improve treatments and find cures, and continuing to provide free emotional and practical support.

Register for Perth Light the Night online or by calling 1800 500 088.