Charity crusader driven to help after wife battled leukemia
AFTER standing by his wife Dot as she battled leukemia for 14 years, Les Larsen is committed to helping the charity that provided them with support throughout her illness.
Mr Larsen said that when they travelled to Brisbane for three weeks at a time, the Leukaemia Foundation paid for their accommodation and food, even when they weren't staying in the hospital.
"Over the four attacks she had, we spent over a year and a quarter in Brisbane for treatment," he said.
"Can you imagine that on a cost basis for two people in the centre of Brisbane? I got everything supplied - accommodation, food transport, everything. The assistance you get is incredible and that's why I want to help."
Last year he raised $4200 for the Leukaemia Foundation through Shave for a Cure in just seven weeks.
However, Mr Larsen hopes to achieve a lot more by re-forming a group that used to raise funds on an annual basis.
For two years in a row the committee raised more money than any other city in Queensland outside of Brisbane, with $138,000 and $142,000 raised consecutively.
Mr Larsen hopes to get the group back up and running by holding an initial meeting tonight at the Settlers retirement village, where they will plan out what events can be held throughout the year.
"I would very dearly like to re-form that committee," he said.
"We can do various things like runs for the charity, swims and hill climbs - any means of drawing attention to it and getting people to dig into their pockets. Even if it is only $2 at a time, it adds up."
The meeting is being held by Mr Larsen and Bou McKay, whose son is also being treated for leukemia.
Anyone interested in joining the group can come along Wednesday night at 5.30pm.
There to help
What the Leukaemia Foundation can do:
- Supply accommodation near major treatment centres that cater for families who have to temporarily relocate from rural and regional areas.
- Provide courtesy transport to and from treatment.
- Offer referrals to psychologists to help with emotional stress of diagnosis and treatment.
- Run national campaigns to raise funds for cancer patients.
- Support line: 1800 620 420.