Lisa & Lily Sykes: Face of a Visionary, Mom and Daughter Lead Teens for the Cure

Lisa & Lily Sykes: Face of a Visionary,Mom and Daughter Lead Teens for the Cure

Losing your mother is incredibly difficult. It’s especially tough when a devastating disease takes her away at such a young age. When she was only 17, Lisa Sykes lost her mother Betty to breast cancer. Betty was only 48 years old.

“You look at things differently after the death of a parent. If better treatment would have been available, my mother would have lived a longer life. I was a teenager when she passed away and now that I have two daughters, I want them to help play a part in finding a cure for breast cancer,” says Lisa.

Lisa wanted to bring Teens for the Cure to the Triangle and contacted the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate® to make it happen. She and her 13-year-old daughter Lily, who is a middle schooler at Ravenscroft, formed a Teens for the Cure team for the 2013 Triangle Race for the Cure.  They reached out to friends at five area schools to join the team and raise money.

Teens and their moms, most who are breast cancer survivors, have joined Teens for the Cure from the following schools: Broughton High School, St. David’s School, Ravenscroft School, Daniel Middle School and St. Mary’s School. Together they raised a total of $9,565 in 2013.

“For the Race, we designed our own t-shirts and my 10-year-old sister Nora and I put signs on our back that said ‘For Grandma’,” says Lily. “I feel like my grandmother is with me and close to me while doing events and fundraising like this.”

teens-for-the-cure-lisa-andTeens for the Cure is put on Prom Fashion Show fundraiser at SAKS Fifth Avenue at Triangle Town Center, on Saturday, March 15, 2014. High school girls, escorted by local high school boys, will model dresses that can be purchased for prom along with other dresses in the store.  Saks donated portion of the prom dress sales to the Susan G. Komen NCTC Teens for the Cure.

“If I can do this with my daughters while helping other teens in our community have someone they can reach out to when their lives are touched by breast cancer, then Teens for the Cure will be a success,” Lisa says.

Teens for the Cure is made up of students ages 12-18 and creates a sense of community among young people affected by breast cancer while providing a solid network of hope and support. Learn more about the organization at


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