Novella Lyons knows first-hand the effect that breast cancer has on women and their families. Her mother’s diagnosis and subsequent death in 1975 was Novella’s first experience with breast cancer, and that left a vivid impact upon her life.
When Novella was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 1993, she became determined to arm herself with all available knowledge and, with God’s help, to fight back with all her strength. As Novella progressed in her personal campaign against breast cancer, other women were being inspired and encouraged by her. Novella became committed to empowering other women through education and spiritual and emotional support.
Novella’s outreach efforts have grown beyond the boundaries of her neighborhood and now reach women throughout the United States. Her conviction and courage come from her strong religious beliefs. Novella has chosen not just to survive, but to embrace life to the fullest!
Women of Faith and Hope was founded by Novella in 1994, and she serves as its executive director.