Lisa Amanda Payton leaves behind her husband, Chris, and her two young children after losing her battle with breast cancer on Aug. 26, 2019. (GoFundMe)

Fundraiser started for family of Armstrong woman who lost cancer battle

Lisa Payton was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2016

Lisa Amanda Payton passed away after a long-fought battle against breast cancer last week, leaving behind her husband, Chris, and two young children.

“She was one of the strongest people you could ever know,” Lisa’s mother, Cindy Rachwalski, said. “She inspired a lot of people.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been started by Chris’ brother to raise funds in lieu of flowers that will help support Payton’s young family “until they can get back on their feet.”

In just over a weeks time, more than $1,500 has been raised for the family.

Condolences have been pouring in across social media underscoring the mark this woman made in her community.

Payton was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. She underwent many surgeries and treatments and was deemed cancer free. But on Sept. 16, 2016, she was diagnosed again. This time with Stage 4 cancer. The breast cancer had spread to her brain, lungs and bones.

Payton’s two children were only two and four when she was first diagnosed.

“It started out as breast cancer,” Payton’s mother said. “Then it spread in her shoulder, in her lungs and in the last couple of months, it spread to her kidney and liver.”

“She had another huge fight ahead of her,” Lisa’s sister, Jennifer Rachwalski, wrote on the GoFundMe campaign page.

Payton, who was born in 1979, loved bowling, attending concerts with her mother, going to football games and watching hockey. The pharmacy technician also belonged to a community book club.

“She was loved by a lot,” her mother said.

“Lisa loved her family, friends and loved to go home,” her obituary reads; “home” referring to Disneyland and her love for Mickey Mouse and his pals.

“She absolutely loved Disney,” her mother said. “Anytime things got bad and she wasn’t feeling well, she said she wanted to go home and they’d go to Disneyland.”

A service is to be held on Sept. 7, and those in attendance are asked to wear something bright and colourful or Disney themed in honour of Payton’s love for the magical kingdom.

“Lisa had a lot of friends and she inspired a lot of people because she was strong,” Rachwalski said. “She fought every day to have memories and spend more time with her kids.”

“She was a special person.”

For those interested in making a donation to the Payton family, donations can be made on GoFundMe.com at Chris Payton’s Children’s Fund.

READ MORE: Bring back road shoulders for cyclists

READ MORE: Vernon community spirit shows at summer concert series


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Vernon player wins ATP tour event, named to Davis Cup squad

Vasek Pospisil joins Raonic, Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime in representing Canada

Snow falls at SilverStar Mountain Resort

Ski season just around the corner

Vernon up for advanced gas meters project

FortisBC to host information session for Vernon customers Wednesday

Spallumcheen administrator earns provincial coaching gig

Doug Allin will be head coach for Team BC men’s softball team at 2021 Canada Games in Ontarior

No outdoor rink for old Vernon Civic Arena site

The idea of putting in a temporary outdoor rink on 37th Avenue for 2019-20 is cost prohibitive

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s mural defaced in Edmonton

The eyes on the portrait were blacked out

LETTER: Middle class better off with Trudeau’s child benefit boost

It’s a transfer, not a tax cut, but it helps families get ahead

Report suggests new BC Ferries terminal near YVR

Metro Vancouver currently has two ferry terminals at northern and southern reaches

B.C. scouting group’s tent destroyed by black bear on Thanksgiving

The Richmond-based Sea Dragon Sea Scouts were camping at Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Morning Start: Today is the last day to cast a vote in the federal election

Your morning start for Monday, October 21st, 2019

Summerland council agrees to 30-year lease with steam railway

Tourist train has been operating as an attraction in Summerland since 1995

Speeding a concern on Summerland streets

Police observe fast motorists in town and on Highway 97

Most Read