Cancer Council is calling on Queenslanders to help brighten the lives of children with cancer by taking part in the Cancer Council Christmas Appeal – Lights for Lucy.
Lights for Lucy raises funds and awareness to support more than 140 Queensland children diagnosed with cancer each year. Around 20 Queensland children will die from the disease this year alone.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said Lights for Lucy shared the story of 11-year-old Jimboomba local Lucy Newman and her family.
“Lucy has been battling leukaemia for the past two years – it’s been an extremely tough journey so far, and it’s not over for her yet,” Ms Clift said.
“Queenslanders can support all children affected by cancer, just like Lucy, by registering to receive a free Lights for Lucy merchandise pack to sell and raise funds.
“The Lights for Lucy merchandise pack includes promotional material and decorations, counter boxes and gift tags for businesses to sell to their communities during November and December.
“You can even register to receive a pack for your workplace – pop it on the lunch room table and encourage friends and co-workers to donate to the cause.
“The Lights for Lucy gift tags can go on display in office windows, or Queenslanders can write a message of hope to Lucy and send the tag back to the Cancer Council for her family.”
Cancer remains the most common cause of disease-related death among children aged 1-14 in Australia, and almost half of all cases are diagnosed under four years of age.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said more funding was urgently needed to help Queensland children beat cancer.
“We believe community donations are key to helping us cure childhood cancer once and for all,” Ms Clift said.
“Queenslanders can be part of funding lifesaving research and support services by participating in the Lights for Lucy campaign – buy a gift tag or donate direct to the cause.”
Queensland businesses and workplaces can register for their Lights for Lucy merchandise pack at Lights for Lucy
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland