Who We Are
Esther Sant
Chairperson & Co-Founder
I am 54 years old, married to Raymond, a mother of three grown up sons and grandmother to two wonderful children. At the turn of the millennium, when I was just 36 years old, I discovered three lumps in my breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer. A tough journey of surgery, treatment and psychological recovery ensued, with the cancer recurring twice more. This journey was a turning point in my life which led me to discover an aspect of myself I had never discovered before. I met wonderful people that helped me pick up the bits and pieces around me, stand back up on my feet and create something beautiful out of my new reality – the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Sarah Cardona
Committee Member
I joined the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in 2008 when we held the first ever fund raising walk in Malta for breast cancer. I am the representative of the Health and Environment Alliance in Brussels and my role within the foundation is to disseminate information to MPs, MEPs and ngos in Malta. I am also a qualified Natural Juice Therapist (NJT MCMA) which means I can look at a person’s health and history and recommend the ideal freshly extracted juices to optimise vibrancy and health.
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Betty Hanley Lee
Committee Member
I came to Malta in 1988. I am now retired and have one daughter and 4 lovely grandchildren and one who is now an angel. I had breast cancer in 2005 and knew no one on the island with breast cancer until I went public about it on the media. I then trained as a mastectomy fitter for breast cancer survivors and that is how I met Esther Sant and Helen Muscat who were launching the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation. I became a member on day one and I also volunteer at the National Cancer Platform at the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre where I can still meet breast cancer patients and continue helping them.
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Noel Buttigieg Scicluna
Committee Member
Lawyer, former Member of Parliament, former diplomat. I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost ten years ago. My lymph nodes were also compromised. I am a survivor in so far as I believe that one has to fight against the disease by continuing to live as normal a life as possible.  Lessons learnt:  1.Even men get breast cancer. 2. Even men need to check themselves as often as possible.
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Cristina Debono
Committee Member
I have been involved in volunteering since adolescence and I have always been aware of the importance of promoting health awareness.  I obtained a Masters’ degree in Nursing and during my nursing career I cared for patients affected with various health challenges within several healthcare settings. In time, I started to focus more and more on prevention while providing support to enable persons to keep surfing through their life journey. I have been a committee member since 2014.
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Laura Sammut
Committee Member
I am 38 years old and I have been volunteering with the Foundation for over 15 years, the last 6 years as a Board Member. As a working mother of two young girls, it can be challenging to juggle it all but it gives me great pleasure to know that we are making a huge difference to people who are on the cancer journey while raising awareness on early detection and prevention of breast cancer.
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Lorraine Vella
Committee Member
I am 43 years old, I am married to Kenneth Vella and am a mother of two sons: Gary, 21 years old and an LSAE at Marsa primary school and Kurt, 18 years old and a student at MCAST. I play the clarinet at my local band club. I had breast cancer in 2017 and I joined the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in the same year. I am available at the Foundation’s office Tuesdays and Fridays from 8.30 till 12.00.
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Stephen Attard
Committee Member
I joined the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in 2017. I am married to Rosiella Attard and we have two boys, Mauro, 21 years old and Luke, 18 years old, both students. I worked at the Spanish Embassy in Malta. I have been involved in the volunteering sector ever since the age of 18 but volunteering for the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation has given me the courage to do new things.
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Brian Cassar
Committee Member
I am a physiotherapist as well as a medical illustrator. During these last 30 years I have worked in almost every sector within the national health system, both in the clinical and administrative sectors. The clinical expertise gained over these years coupled together with a vast knowledge in audio-visual production, have helped me provide patients with clear and easy to understand health-related information. I have been a committee member of the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation since 2016.
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Helen Margaret Muscat
M.Q.R. Co-Founder
(14th April 1956 – 19th October 2013)
Helen was the cofounder and first Chairperson of the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation. Being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 did not stop her from taking an active role to better the services and care offered to breast cancer patients. Remembered as an inspirational campaigner through her support of others, she drew upon her experience to help and encourage these patients to live a normal life the best way possible.
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