Sign Sam unity for those in remission

Local survivors Bernadette Turner and Kim Thompson, flanking Lisa Hall, add their signatures to Sam
Local survivors Bernadette Turner and Kim Thompson, flanking Lisa Hall, add their signatures to Sam

Sam – a big black Nissan Navara – and his caretakers made a stopover in Tenterfield on a road trip from the Sunshine Coast to Charlestown NSW recently collecting signatures from breast cancer survivors, and locals were happy to comply.

Lisa Hall launched the Sign Sam mission as a way to empower breast cancer survivors after receiving the devastating news that her then-22-year-old daughter had been diagnosed.

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“First came disbelief, then every other emotion fathomable followed,” she said. “But I was angry most of all, angry at everything. This is my little girl, this isn’t right. It should be me not her, how could this be happening to her?”

On reaching remission Ms Hall thought her daughter’s life would go back to how it was, but instead saw the spark fade from her eyes and the bounce disappear from her step.

“Because she isn’t cured, it is remission not a cure. Scared for life at such a young age wondering, waiting, will this shattering disease be back?”

Keen to assure her daughter she wasn’t alone, Ms Hall sought a way to demonstrate to her and others in early remission that they are among a large family of survivors.

“We want to completely cover Sam in signatures to pour hope, faith, sparks and springs back into the heart of my daughter and anyone else out there who needs a little top up right now,” she said.

She hoped the collection of signatures and messages of hope would “blow this disastrous disease out of the water by showing it that there is strength in numbers.”

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