WATCH: Councillors sing to support Light the Night
HER daughter's last words were, 'mum, remember to help leukemia patients', and that's exactly what Elaine Gamer has done for the past 36 years since losing her 16-year-old to the illness.
The director of The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland carried a blue lantern on Wednesday night during the Light the Night event to create awareness of the illness.
More than 400 people joined Mrs Gamer and marched from the Seafront Oval to the Beach House Hotel carrying blue, white and gold lanterns which represent support, celebration of life and remembering the dead, respectively.
It was a colourful night with a moving speech by The Leukaemia Foundation president Beverly Mirolo, and a fun performance by seven Fraser Coast councillors, including Mayor Gerard O'Connell who sang Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.
Mrs Gamer said the night was a success thanks to the tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers of the foundation.
"We would like to let everyone know that there is support out there for sufferers and carers of leukemia," she said
The foundation offers free accommodation, counselling, cab fares to the hospitals for those battling with leukemia.
"Our aim is to beat blood cancer with love, sweat and tears," Mrs Gamer said.
For more information, visit www.leukaemia.org.au.
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