Thursday, April 14, 2011
Ms. Chartier: — Mr. Speaker, it’s
my privilege to rise in the Assembly today to pay tribute to the
life and work of Lisa Rendall, a former C95 broadcaster who died
yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
Diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer at the age of 35, she fought for over 10 years, not only for herself but also for the countless other women diagnosed — sorry, Mr. Speaker — but also for the countless other women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families and friends. By telling her story, she helped put a human face on the disease and bring courage and hope to the many affected by it.
There are many noteworthy chapters in this story of courage, Mr. Speaker. Lisa Rendall was CTV [Canadian Television Network Ltd.] Saskatoon’s Citizen of the Year in 2010. She was awarded the YWCA’s [Young Women’s Christian Association] Woman of Distinction Award. And in April of 2009, she was one of 19 women honoured for their achievements at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Saskatoon.
But again, Mr. Speaker, Lisa’s story was not about herself but about the others who shared her fight against breast cancer. Her advocacy and fundraising efforts made her one of Saskatchewan’s true champions in this battle. Just last year, the 11th annual C95 Marathon for Breast Cancer raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for breast cancer research. Over 2.5 million has been raised through such efforts as this marathon and the Lisa Rendall Golf Classic, ensuring that the search for a cure will go on.
April is Cancer Awareness Month, Mr. Speaker, and so I ask all members to join with me today in paying tribute to Lisa Rendall, a voice for cancer awareness that will never be silenced.