Lisa Sewards’ aim in life?
“… is to contribute to making breast cancer history for my daughter; all daughters.”
One in nine Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before they reach the age of 85. And Lisa Sewards was one of them. Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in her late thirties.
She had two young children – Harrison and Isabella – at the time, and one of the things she struggled with was how to tell them what was happening to their mum.
So she wrote a book to read to them. My Mum has Breast Cancer – a family’s cancer journey is a children’s book that’s used to support children and help them to understand the diagnosis and what life’s like when someone is battling cancer.
Since that point, Lisa’s continued to do what said she would – she’s doing everything she possibly can to make breast cancer history for future generations.
Lisa volunteers and raises awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and she’s the Community Liaison Officer for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and Cabrini Health.
And earlier this year, ME Bank, the major sponsor of the annual Mother’s Day Classic, asked Lisa to design the 2013 Mother’s Day Classic bandana.
She chose to design a print that was a dedication to her friend Rachel West, who also fought her own battle with breast cancer. Lisa and Rachael were introduced by a staff member at the BCNA and together they created a number of annual fundraisers for the BCNA and the NBCF.
Unfortunately Rachel’s cancer returned and spread to her lungs, liver and brain. In December last year, after a three-year fight, she lost her battle.
This is the design Lisa came up with: