Light the Night event at Aveley to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation


Jackie Jones with daughter Stephanie Brown are organising a Light the Night event at Aveley Central Park in October.  Picture: David Baylis        d458182
Jackie Jones with daughter Stephanie Brown are organising a Light the Night event at Aveley Central Park in October. Picture: David Baylis        d458182

STEPHANIE Brown knows all too well how evil cancer can be.

The Aveley resident (24) was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January 2014.

She endured eight months of regular chemotherapy and has now been in remission for almost two years, but cannot be considered cured for another three.

Nevertheless, Stephanie considers herself one of the lucky ones, and wants to help others battling the disease.

The newlywed took part in the main walk in Perth in 2014 shortly after finishing chemotherapy, but last year decided to organise the Aveley walk so that people in the eastern suburbs did not have to travel to Perth, especially if they were unwell and receiving treatment.

Stephanie organised the inaugural event with the help of mum Jackie Jones.

It turned out to be a huge success, with 200 participants taking part to raise $11,040.

This year, Light the Night is back again and will be held on October 7 at Aveley’s Central Park.

The main event is at UWA, but there are events in regional areas such as Bunbury, Geraldton, Albany and Katanning.

Duncraig, like Aveley, will also host its own event.

On the night, patients, survivors and supporters walk with blue, white or gold lanterns in a display of hope and love.

There will be entertainment, raffles and food trucks to help reach Stephanie’s goal of raising $15,000 for the Leukemia Foundation.

Those wanting to take part in this year’s event are encouraged to sign up online and help raise funds via online donations.

Everyone who registers and raises funds before the night will be given a lantern to “Light the Night”.

Register and fundraise here. For more information, go to the Light the Night – Aveley page on Facebook.