The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys kick off a new season for the club's Field of Dreams program this Saturday, welcoming guests of the Leukaemia Foundation to 1300SMILES Stadium.

Thanks to program partner and major sponsor Tropic Petroleum, families currently staying at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Townsville Village will have the chance to forget about hospital appointments and enjoy a night at the football.

Since 2007, the Field of Dreams program has been giving special individuals who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to attend a Cowboys game the chance to watch their heroes live in action.

Each game day, a Field of Dreams partner donates 30 home game tickets to a charity, and this week Tropic recognise the valuable contribution the Leukaemia Foundation makes to our community.

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related disorders survive their blood cancer and live a better quality of life.

Community fundraising officer for North Queensland Ruth Guice said the outing will give all the families and volunteers a chance to relax, offering a welcome distraction from treatment.

“Some patients may be a long way from home and these tickets allow them to be just like anyone else enjoying an evening of rugby league,” Ms Guice said.

“The Leukaemia Foundation exists because of everyday people – it’s the mums, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and grandparents in our community who want to make a difference – and it’s great to also reward them for their amazing effort.”

For more information, visit leukaemia.org.au.