Adem Crosby is keen to promote Wednesday night's Leuakaemia Foundation Light the Night to raise awareness  about cancer on the Sunshine Coast.
Adem Crosby is keen to promote Wednesday night's Leuakaemia Foundation Light the Night to raise awareness about cancer on the Sunshine Coast. John Mccutcheon

Light the Night against cancer

BEFORE Adem Crosby was diagnosed with blood cancer, he never paid too much attention to events like Wednesday's Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night.

Now, he wants to do everything he can to give back and bring interest to the walk on the east bank of Lake Kawana, Bokarina.

The Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night is an annual awareness-raising event that gives everyone the chance to show their support and share hope and compassion with those affected by leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Adem, who was diagnosed with leukaemia just a week after his 17th birthday back in January, will lead a show of force on Wednesday night.

Team Adem, a large number of his family, close friends and school mates, will converge on the annual event.

They will release coloured lanterns to symbolise their message - white lanterns are for blood cancer patients and survivors, blue lanterns are for supporters and gold lanterns are for those remembering a loved one, at sunset.

"It's only when you're affected by it that you realise how fantastic organisations like the Leukaemia Foundation are.

"The foundation has been such a huge part of my life this year. Anything we can do for them is fantastic. It's so close to my heart now."

After his diagnosis, the Leukaemia Foundation came to Adem's aid, putting his family up in a unit close to the Royal Brisbane for eight months, where he underwent four rounds of intense chemotherapy.

His 11-year-old sister Miranda put up her hand to be the stem cell donor for his bone marrow transplant.

The old adage of strength in numbers rings true for Team Adem. At the World's Greatest Shave earlier this year up to 70 members helped him raise $42,000 for the foundation.

The walk begins at 5pm on Wednesday.

To register and get a free lantern, go to www.lightthenight.org.au or call 1800500088 before tomorrow.



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