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Celebrating the Life of Amy Lessack with LBBC

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel.

From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.   

Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting.

Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

Join LBBC on Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. (ET) to celebrate the life of Amy Lessack and for the presentation of the inaugural LBBC Caregiver Award to Abby Lessack.

Amy and Abby Lessack
Amy’s interview with LBBC: ‘I Knew This Was The Place For Me’

 

How did you first get involved with LBBC?

Amy: When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, there was no breast cancer organization focused on women under 40, let alone 36, [as I was]. A family friend connected me to LBBC. I called and spoke with a staff member who hooked me up with information and invited me to an upcoming meeting. I will always remember her kindness and the spirit with which she welcomed me to a group I never dreamed of joining. But there I sat listening to a very smart oncologist share things that I needed to know. From that moment I knew this was the place for me. (read more on LBBC)

Amy and her mom, Arlene, at The Butterfly Ball LLBC Gala 2019

Amy E. Lessack, 55, of Blue Bell, an exuberant corporate learning and development director, a versatile former bank executive, and a tireless advocate for those affected by cancer, died Saturday, Feb. 20, of breast cancer at home.

Ms. Lessack was diagnosed when she was 36 and spent the rest of her life showing others that the disease, as all-consuming as it can be, need not define her or them. Although never in remission and continuously in treatment and on medication, Ms. Lessack smiled endlessly, laughed, and talked of a brighter future.

“She never complained,” said her sister, Abby Lessack. “That’s why people gravitated to her. She collected friends. You wouldn’t see her for months. But when you did, she’d pick right up where you left off.”

“She always said that battling cancer did not make her bitter,” said her mother, Arlene Lessack. “It made her better.”  (read more on the Inquirer)

Amy’s team for Yoga on the Steps, Thrivin’ and Survivin’

Reach & Raise with TEAM Thrivin’ and Survivin’

Since 2010, my sister, Amy, has participated in Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s annual fundraiser, Reach and Raise/Yoga on the Steps. In 2012, Amy (along with her good friend and fellow cancer survivor, Jewel) created a team for the fundraiser, naming it THRIVIN’ AND SURVIVIN’. Amy cherished this event, which connected thousands of people in support of women living with breast cancer. Every year, she would send out the call, asking her friends and family to join the team and participate in the event.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Reach & Raise. Unfortunately, due to COVID, this year’s event will be held virtually. While it is sucks that we all can’t be together on what would hopefully be a warm, sunny Sunday morning in May, we can still practice yoga together, with Jennifer Schelter leading the class. This year’s class is being dedicated to Amy and all that she gave to LBBC and those around her.

If you are able, please register to join Jewel, Abby and the Thrivin’ and Surivin’ team on Sunday, May 16th.

Amy and Barb at Reach and Raise 2019

Amy was a graduate of Upper Dublin High School and Penn State University, where she earned both undergraduate and masters degrees. Her 30-year career was spent in the financial and health care sectors, during which she was a Vice President at First Union and a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo. Most recently, at AmerisourceBergen, she was a Director in its corporate university. Throughout her life, Amy was a passionate advocate, serving on the boards of Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and YMCA Camp Tockwogh. She was proud of the mission of LBBC and the assistance it provided.  (read more on Legacy)

LLBC Gala 2019

For the last quarter of a century, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a national non-profit based in Philadelphia, has changed the narrative for women with breast cancer. The mission of the organization and its CEO, Jean Sachs, is that no woman feel alone or uninformed in her journey through diagnosis and treatment. The many channels of support have changed the story of over 600,000 people in LBBC’s community last year.

Lisa and Barb at Yoga on the Steps

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