Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Stories of Despair Remind Pair of the Need for Charities

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Stories of Despair Remind Pair of the Need for Charities

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Byline: JOSEPHINE GILLESPIE josephine.gillespie@qt.com.au

Leukaemia

In 2009, 9792 Australians were projected to be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma; the equivalent of at least one every hour.

Leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders can develop in anyone of any age.

HONOURING the memory of loved ones lost to leukaemia, members of the Lockyer-Brisbane Valley Leukaemia Branch are set to host a charity high tea this weekend.

For branch president Gayle Daetz and vice-president Geoff Beattie, it is a cause close to home, with Mrs Daetz losing her 23-year-old son Jody 11 years ago to the disease and Mr Beattie his 38-year-old wife Elaine 23 years ago.

Mr Beattie said hearing stories about those recently diagnosed with the disease served as a reminder of why they kept fundraising.

"When you hear stories it makes you well up inside," Mr Beattie said.

"It makes you more determined to do whatever you can.

"It is what Elaine would have wanted, us caring for the kids. …

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