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Community mourns Seasons Centre volunteer

Bradford mother Lindsey Lewis was diagnosed with cancer last year and lost her battle with the disease on Friday

The community is mourning after Bradford mother of two, Lindsey Lewis, lost her battle with cancer late last week. 

"It is with broken hearts, we share the news of Lindsey’s passing on Friday, Sept. 16, at home, surrounded by her loved ones," read part of a message written by Lewis's aunt Donna Walton, on a GoFundMe page she created last year for her niece. 

Lewis was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a rapidly progressing form of blood cancer, in September 2021. 

She began undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatment immediately at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and has been in and out of the hospital over the past year while the community stepped up to help fill in the gaps for Lewis at home, starting a meal train, providing Christmas gifts, hosting a fundraiser barbecue, and donating to the GoFundMe Page. 

In the past few days, donations have been pouring in to the GoFundMe page which, at the time of publishing, has raised nearly $40,000.

Lewis was always appreciative of the support she received from the community.

"I am grateful for every little thing, whether it’s someone taking my garbage out or collecting groceries for me, or driving the kids to school. All of the extra help has enabled me to remain at home and be independent through all of this," she told BradfordToday in an article published in December 2021

On Sunday, the town held its annual Terry Fox Run with some community members dedicating their run to Lewis.

According to her obituary, Lewis lived life to the fullest. She lived in Aurora, Newmarket, Queensville, and Bradford, and made many friends along the way. She also volunteered at the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children in Barrie, a charitable organization which provides peer-to-peer support groups for children/teens and their families grieving the death or life-threatening illness of an immediate family member.

"Her children were the central focus of her life. She loved them with all her heart! Lindsey is finally pain free. She was loved so very much. We will miss that beautiful smile..." read part of the obituary. 

Visitation will take place today at Roadhouse and Rose funeral home in Newmarket from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments. Interment will take place at Queensville Cemetery at 2 p.m. The family has asked those attending to refrain from wearing black, but instead wear colourful clothes in her memory.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children are appreciated. Donations may be made directly to the charity or at the funeral home. Click here to make a donation to the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children.

The service will be live-streamed for all those who are unable to attend in person. Click here to watch the service.

Donations can also be made to Lewis's GoFundMe page here, which will go toward Lewis's children's education and future. 

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Natasha Philpott

About the Author: Natasha Philpott

Natasha is the Editor for BradfordToday and InnisfilToday. She graduated from the Media Studies program at The University of Guelph-Humber. She lives in Bradford with her husband, two boys and two cats.
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