In July 2013 Lily Hester, our beautiful 8 year old daughter, was diagnosed with an extremely rare liver cancer. Our world was turned upside down. Lily endured over 6 months of chemotherapy, 6 operations, radiation amongst other tests, scans and many, many hospital visits. In January 2014, Lily did go into remission, however after another scan in March 2014 we were told the most devastating news of our lives – our daughter was terminally ill. Lily fought hard, was brave and an inspiration to us all, each and everyday – she still is. Lily so sadly passed away on the 11th of August 2014. The foundation was established to honour Lily. The hope of the foundation will be to find a cure for childhood cancer so no child or parent has to endure what we did.
Live for Lily raises awareness and funds that will go directly towards research that is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancers. It is a not-for-profit foundation that is committed to ensuring that we will see an end to childhood cancer.
Co-Founder & Director
Sianne worked in the public health system for more than 20 years, and was the mother of Lily Hester (also Oliver and Archer). Along with Aaron, Sianne was the co-founder of the Live for Lily Foundation in 2016 yet sadly passed away on May 30th 2016. Her legacy is the Live for Lily Foundation and her passion and drive was to one-day help cure childhood cancer.
Co-Founder & Director
Aaron Hester has worked as a teacher in the State Education system for 20 years and is currently working at Maribrynong Secondary College. Aaron is the father of Lily Hester and also Oliver and Archer. Aaron is a co founder and one of the Directors of the Live for Lily Foundation and is committed to beating childhood cancer – as was promised to Lily.
Strategy & Awareness
Donna has worked at Johnson & Johnson for the last 15 years in marketing and more recently as a General Manager for one of the Johnson & Johnson franchises in Australia. A mother of three boys Oliver, Harry and Charlie and family friend of the Hester’s, Donna is responsible for the marketing and branding of the foundation.
Philip Martins is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) who has been employed for the past 9 years by National Australia Bank. He is also a qualified Sports Scientist. Philip is a father to two boys, Donnacha, and Seamus, and is a lifelong friend of the Hester family. Philip is responsible for the financial management of the Live for Lily Foundation.
Governance & Legal
Liz is a senior associate and pro bono coordinator at Clayton Utz Lawyers. Liz has a tax background, specialising in assisting not-for-profit clients and disadvantaged individuals in a range of tax and legal issues. Liz brings both legal and board skills and experience to the Foundation. Liz has a two year old son and shares with her fellow board members a passion for reducing, and ultimately eliminating, childhood cancers and the suffering experienced by those children’s family and friends due to cancer and related issues.
Andrew is a senior tax manager and he has been involved with the National Tax and Accountants’ Association for over 20 years. Andrew presents tax seminars to thousands of accountants each year on issues ranging from FBT to superannuation.
Andrew is married to Tess and they have three children, James, Matthew and Sophie.
Andrew shares the passion of his fellow Board members in reducing, and ultimately eliminating childhood cancer.