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Team Lorna Billingsley Pais

Why We are Making Strides

Lorna Billingsley Pais was my sister. She was the eldest child of Joseph Wilson Billingsley and Loretta Billingsley, our dad and mom.

There was a significant age difference between Lorna and me but there was one thing that she never realized nor did I ever tell her before she died, that of all the influences in my life, music is one of the strongest and it was my sister Lorna who began my love of music. The album I remember as the first one that I truly loved was "Penny and Jean". It was her album.

 

The story goes that Lorna didn't have enough money to buy the album back in the early 60's and my sister Jane loaned her the money. The album is the most precious thing that Lorna gave to me before she succumbed to Inflammatory Breast Cancer in August of 1999. I have it to this day.

 

Lorna was raised with my 3 older sisters, and brother Wilson in a house on Melrose Avenue in Decatur, GA. Once the family became a tribe of 8, it was time to move to a larger house on Ponce de Leon Place. Lorna, as did the rest of the kids, went to St. Thomas More in Decatur. She went on to St. Pius High School in 1962. It was this year that our father died. Our Mom, also a Breast Cancer Survivor, was left to raise 8 kids. She couldn't drive and she didn't have a job. But she had secretarial skills and put us all through private education. I mention this because education was important to our Mom and Lorna was very smart. When she graduated from St. Pius, she went to Loyola University in New Orleans. It was here that she met her future husband Alex Pais, and they would raise two beautiful and exceptionally talented daughters, Ellen and Sarah. Lorna and Alex would live in several different states and eventually landed back in Atlanta where as tradition would have it, Ellen and Sarah went to St. Pius High School, just like their mother. 

 

The year was 1993.  Our sister Rose Ann had been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. It was not long after this that Lorna was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It was a sad and happy time in that though Lorna got the bad news, she wouldn't be deterred to go back to New Orleans and watch Sarah graduate from college.

 

Lorna had to have radiation therapy first before having surgery. Once her tumor had decreased in size, she was able to have a mastectomy with reconstruction. She also went through stem cell replacement therapy with several family members donating their platelets. All seemed fine until Thanksgiving of 1998 when Lorna gave us the news that the cancer had returned and it was inoperable. 

 

I don't remember the next several months until the day that I heard our Mom had gone over to Lorna's house and Lorna fainted at the door. It was soon discovered that the cancer had spread to her spinal column. Lorna decided to have chemotherapy in her spinal column and I remember this well because several family members and myself went down to Seaside, rented a house and Lorna came on the 2nd day. She took a flight out of Atlanta as soon as her spinal chemotherapy injection was finished. It was our last summer vacation together with Lorna.

 

I remember these days very well. I remember being so upset that I was going to lose another sister to cancer. I went on the beach on a very late night and cried so hard that I was screaming. I'll never forget the sadness.

 

It was 6 years after Lorna's death that I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I would be the third woman in my direct family to have it. My mother, Lorna and now me. I have been cancer free now for 8 years. 

 

I walk for my sister Lorna this year and I hope that this story will compel you to donate to our team and help us help others to Enjoy More Birthdays!


Why We Support the American Cancer Society

Saving lives from breast cancer starts one team, one walker, and one dollar at a time. We know that the American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. We know that supporting them will ensure that if you need someone to talk to anytime of the day or night, they’ll be there. If your friend is losing her hair from chemo, your mother needs a ride to treatment, or a loved one needs a place to stay when treatment is far from home, they will be there to help.

Join us and together we will walk for a world without breast cancer.

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Silver Pacesetter I made a personal gift Loretta Billingsley $7,865.00
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I made a personal gift Sarah Davis $280.00
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We’ve raised $8,370
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Top Donors
  1. Anonymous 
  2. Benjamin Challenge Bonus$200
  3. Courtney Pyles$25
  4. Dad & Justine$100
  5. Dave Dawson 
  6. For Juno 
  7. For Juno and Waffle!$1,000
  8. In Defense of William James 
  9. In loving memory of Waffle$50
  10. In memory of Waffle 
  11. Joan Dudek Sussman$150
  12. Katie Fisher 
  13. Loretta Billingsley$2,500
  14. Mary C Billingsley$300
  15. Sarah Davis$100
  16. Susan LaClaire$15
  17. Technical Phoenix, LLC$200
  18. Waffle ❤️$50
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How You're Helping
Save Lives From Breast Cancer

Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. Including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

invested in breast
cancer grants

$ 74 million

patient service
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75 thousand

one-to-one support
services provided to
breast cancer patients

11 thousand
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Welcome to our Team Page. We’ve formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It’s providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

How We Support the American Cancer Society

Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

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