Kathleen Swinney loses her sister, Lisa, after long fight with cancer

Dabo Swinney says 49-year-old Lisa Lamb, an inspiration for his and his wife's All-In Foundation, was like a sister

Kathleen Swinney, wife of Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney, helps Pendleton Elementary School fifth-grader Jaqavious Clark try on a pair of new shoes at the team's indoor practice facility Friday afternoon.  Fifth-graders at Pendleton Elementary received new shoes that were donated by Coach Swinney's All-In Foundation after getting a tour of Memorial Stadium and meeting football players.

Photo by Nathan Gray, Anderson Independent Mail

Kathleen Swinney, wife of Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney, helps Pendleton Elementary School fifth-grader Jaqavious Clark try on a pair of new shoes at the team's indoor practice facility Friday afternoon. Fifth-graders at Pendleton Elementary received new shoes that were donated by Coach Swinney's All-In Foundation after getting a tour of Memorial Stadium and meeting football players.

Lisa Lamb, Kathleen Swinney's older sister and sister-in-law of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, passed away Tuesday night after a decade-long battle with cancer.

Lamb, 49, was one of the motivating faces behind the Swinneys' All-In Foundation, which the family started as an act of "giving back" shortly after Dabo was named as Clemson's head in 2008. Money raised by or contributed to the foundation goes to a variety of health and wellness initiatives, including breast cancer awareness and research efforts.

Lamb's illness began as breast cancer, and after undergoing a double mastectomy, her cancer was in remission for eight years. It reoccurred about two years ago, after she was taken off some medication. She had been hospitalized for much of the past year after the cancer spread to her lungs and brain.

Swinney said Wednesday that has known Lisa since he was nine years ago, and that she was like a sister to him.

“It has been a very difficult time for my family,” Swinney said. “All of us deal with tragedy in our lives. Nobody is immune to that. For my wife in particular, she is losing a sister that just turned 49 years old last week. She has had a tough 22 months in battling cancer.

"We were able to be with her this Easter at the hospital. When I left there on Sunday, I knew it was not going to be long. I prayed for peace in the situation. People who have dealt with cancer, they know how it affects the whole family...It's been a tough thing, but again I lean on my faith in the good times and in the bad times."

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