Lyn Swinburne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and underwent surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. As a result of her experiences, she became a committed advocate on behalf of women with breast cancer and their families and in 1998, she founded Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).
In 2000, Lyn was one of three Australians invited to sign the Charter of Paris Against Cancer at the Elysee Palace in the presence of the French President, Jacques Chirac.
A passionate advocate for consumer input, Lyn represented women with breast cancer on a number of state, national and international committees. She also received numerous awards, including an Order of Australia.
Lyn retired from her role as Chief Executive Officer of BCNA in November 2011.
Making a difference
In the Digital Storytelling Project video below, Lyn tells how her experience of breast cancer treatment set her on the path to make a difference. It shows how her drive and commitment led to the development of BCNA as an effective national voice for those affected by breast cancer.