The Lisa Harris Pink Ribbon of Hope Fund is maintained in honor of Lisa Harris by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, a 501 C3. Lisa was a dynamic and vibrant member of the Port Huron, Michigan business community, as well as a beloved mother, sister, daughter, and wife. She was taken far too soon after a courageous fight with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Lisa’s family honors her by doing great things for her community through the established fund. While there are many voluntary health nonprofits dedicated to raising research funds, an important endeavor indeed, The Pink Ribbon of Hope Fund is dedicated to making the community a more comfortable place for families fighting cancer.
This year The Pink Ribbon of Hope will support both Hunter House, a home away from home for those with loved ones in the hospital battling cancer, and Blue Water Hospice Home’s garden. A true artist and a unique soul, Lisa expressed her creativity through her home furnishings business. Not surprisingly, Lisa’s family has chosen some unique and creative ways to honor her and raise funds to support the charity that bears her name. In May of 2012, the family held the third annual Sip for a Cure fundraiser on the rooftop at the Vintage Tavern. Far from a somber event, Sip for a Cure reflected the way Lisa embraced life, with a fierce smile on her face. Everything her family does in her memory honors that spirit.
The rooftop event treated everyone to a spectacular view. On the horizon, large metal cranes lay silent, waiting for work on a new construction project. Lake Huron loomed in the distance absent of boaters and swimmers. In every corner of the event glasses clinked, old friends embraced, new friends laughed, food was served, and life happened. The grey sky in the background cast just a hint of somberness over the upbeat event, reflecting the daily sadness faced by those of us left behind. It was a reminder that while Lisa’s loved ones will move on, a piece of us is forever gone. Kudos to Lisa’s family for honoring Lisa’s spirit in a way that will help other families struggling with cancer and make the world a better place.
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