In 2009, From the Heart honored the Hilstad family.
Lisa Hilstad was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2008. She had surgery in March, chemo during the summer, and radiation in the fall. Last December, she found out the cancer had spread to her liver, hip, and femur. She is once again on chemo. She has a strong spirit, positive attitude, and the love & support of family and friends — she will not give up her fight.
Lisa and Jon Hilstad have been married for over 20 years. They have three wonderful children — Travis (17), Bria (15), and Karissa (11). Lisa has her favorite job in the world — she’s a stay-at-home mom who enjoys volunteering at school. She just loves it when she hears someone say “Hi Karissa’s mom” when she walks down the halls of Lincoln.
Lisa is a native of Owatonna while Jon has lived here over 35 years. They enjoy watching their children in their activities — sports, choir, dance, plays, etc. One of their highlights each summer is when they spend time fishing at Lake Vermillion with Lisa’s family.