“Judy” Colborne (better known as “Heather’s Mom”) passed away November 10, 2006 after a courageous three year battle with inflammatory breast cancer.
Judy always maintained her incredible positive attitude and is an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She taught us that we can live, love & laugh no matter what obstacles we face.
Judy was born in Calgary and lived her entire life in the Calgary area. Her forty year membership in Beta Sigma Phi was a very important part of her life as well as her love of acting and performing.
She was always the emotional, philosophical and spiritual centre of her family and extended families.
Judy was our #1 cheerleader when in 2005, Heather decided to gather some co- workers, friends & family and host a party (okay, a fundraising event) to support breast cancer.Although extremely tired after an intensive bout of chemo treatments, Judy travelled to Kelowna to be in attendance for the first ever Pink Party. She also created a flag to which a pink ribbon is added each year to mark the annual celebration.
In 2006 Judy attended the Cancer Centre in Calgary for treatment and was delighted to be introduced to some young fellows who were raising breast cancer awareness by skateboarding across Canada. Judy being the outgoing person she was, told them about the Pink Party and if they “happened” to be going through Kelowna at that time, stop by. And guess who came to the Pink Party!!?? Heather’s pink fuzzy hat was dipped into the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver by the boys on their final leg of their cross country tour.
We continue to keep Judy’s memory alive by continuing with our support of breast cancer awareness and fundraising. To date we have raised close to $261,762.62 for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure, The BC Hospitality Foundations and the Kelowna General Hospital.
We will continue our quest through different avenues to achieve a future without breast cancer and will do it under the mantra of “Judy’s Girls”.