CAPITAL DISTRICT Cancer is always a life changer. For Lisa Morahan, her 2009 diagnosis of stage-threebreast cancer ended up being a precursor to helping others.
Now, Morahan is running her own group, Floyd Warriors, dedicated to helping those who are going through what she did. This time of year, she is focused on Project Easter Bunny, which will provide families with a parent who’s battling cancer with Easter baskets for their children.
The idea started from her own experience. When she was in treatment and without enough energy to give her son an Easter basket.
“That first year I was in the midst of chemotherapy in April, my son Caden was one-and-a-half at the time. I promised him then that next year I would make it up to him,” she said.
Through what was Gilda’s Club, and now called the Hope Club, Morahan initiated Project Easter Bunny by putting out a box for donations there and other places throughout the Capital District, including Glens Falls Hospital, to collect what would be needed for baskets. She more than succeeded in making up that Easter to her son.
“That first year, we collected enough candy, gifts andeverything else you could think of that goes into an Easter basket for 100 baskets and in 2011, 135 baskets were made. There was such a good response and the baskets serve as a living expression of Easter,” she said.
Project Easter Bunny is now in its third year, and Morahan hopes it will be the biggest yet.
Alana Streifert, manager and coordinator of children and family programs with The American Cancer Society and the Hope Club, has known Morahan for a few years and has helped her network within countless local communities.
“Lisa approached me about Floyd Warriors and a variety of ways she could help and support families,” said Streifer.