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Brave Leisa leaves Pink PJ cancer fundraising legacy

Leisa with new baby girl Billie Hehir in 2014.
Leisa with new baby girl Billie Hehir in 2014. Renee Pilcher

NEW mother Leisa Hehir lost her courageous battle with secondary breast cancer just over a month ago.

She had been battling the disease since 2009.

Even though she was fighting for her life, Leisa was selflessly thinking of others.

She threw herself into raising money for the Cancer Council, starting just after her diagnosis, and organising the first Pink PJ Party all on her own.

The event netted more than $3000 for the charity.

Last year, she participated in the Breast Cancer Mother's Day Walk as well as fielding a team for the Relay for Life, called "Hold.On.Pain.Ends".

She walked the 50 laps of the relay with a fractured hip; a true testament to her strength and determination.

Earlier this year, she enlisted the help of Tamara Sparreboom and a few others, to help her with organising another Pink PJ Party.

This event is still going ahead, even though Leisa will not be there to see it happen, and Tamara thinks that this legacy would be just what she wanted.

"She wanted to raise as much money as she could. She never once whinged about herself," Tamara said.

"Even though she was sick herself, she was always there, raising money for charity".

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Leisa's Pink PJ Party will be held at The Pavilion on October 2, starting at 6pm.

The ticket price of $25 includes entry to the event where guests will be treated to entertainment by Caitlyn Shadbolt and DJ Roly, and be in the running to win fantastic prizes, like theme park passes, a barbecue, a week-long holiday and many others.

Partygoers are invited to dress in their pyjamas or to dress in pink. Proceeds from the event will go to the Cancer Council, and donations will be made to the McGrath Foundation and Little Haven Palliative Care.

Tickets are available at PC Place or Cooloola Colour Graphics. They are also available on Facebook by contacting Tamara via private message or check out their event page.

Gympie Times

Topics:  breast cancer, cancer, editors picks, fundraiser




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