In 1998, Trumbull resident Lisa Milne was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Eleven years later, in 2009, she was diagnosed with melanoma, resulting in the removal of her right eye along with her lymph nodes.
"When it seemed my mother's burden could not get any heavier, on Sept. 22, 2013, she was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer," said Ian, one of her children. "Needless to say, my mother has faced more than her fair share of hardships in life, but she has not allowed these challenges to define her. She is a courageous woman who has fought and beat the odds on numerous occasions."
Now her family wants to send her to Hawaii for a dream family vacation, and has started a fundraiser, "Love for Lisa," at giveforward.com.
"Once we achieve our goal of $20,000, we will donate all additional proceeds to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. Taylor and I strongly support Jimmy Valvano’s mission to find a cure for cancer. The relentlessness with which Jimmy V battled cancer reminds me of my mother’s passion and the passion of so many others in their fight against cancer. His words will never be forgotten, 'Don’t give up...don’t ever give up.'""I have watched Lisa struggle to make ends meet as she did her best to raise her two kids with dignity and pride. She never missed an event even when her MS was flaring up. She was a key volunteer for Pop Warner for eight years while her children participated and we could always rely on her help," said Kim Lombardi, a family friend.
"Lisa's wish is to spend one week in Hawaii with her children. They have never been able to take a family vacation and she worries she has limited time. Both kids will be home from college for Winter Break and it would be wonderful for them to go then while Lisa is still able to enjoy the limited time she has been given," Lombardi said.