Connie Johnson loses cancer battle
Tributes flow for Love Your Sister co-founder.
Cancer fundraiser Connie Johnson has died after a long battle with breast cancer.
“We lost Connie today. Or, as she asked me to say, she died of cancer today,” Gold Logie-winning actor Samuel Johnson wrote on Facebook on Friday.
“She went so richly, and with such grace. Trust me, she was genuinely cushioned by your love, till the end.”
Just a day before the 40-year-old mother-of-two died, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for her work on behalf of other cancer sufferers.
“Afterwards, she looked at me sideways, coz she can’t move her head too well, and she kept saying, in her weak and raspy voice…’Can you believe it? Can you believe it? Look what we did. We did something!'” Samuel Johnson wrote on the Love Your Sister charity Facebook page.
The organisation, founded by Ms Johnson, aims to raise $10 million for cancer research.
Earlier this year, Samuel Johnson revealed his sister was in palliative care after the cancer spread to her lungs, liver, pelvis, spine and knee.
Connie Johnson’s family has set up a tribute page for the beloved campaigner at loveyoursister.org.
Thousands of Australians are paying tribute – more than 54,000 followers of Connie’s cancer charity left heartfelt messages on the Facebook page.
“I am not a relative nor a friend nor even a person you know, but I feel, like a lot of people I am sure, that I lost part of my family today,” Lyndal Jordon wrote.
Catherine Blythe said Connie fought bravely until the end and left an incredible legacy.
“Whilst she had her own personal battle, she raised incredible awareness and much needed funding to mean that one day, we can hope to find a cure for the terrible disease that is cancer. Connie has achieved more in her life that was tragically cut short than most of us will ever achieve in our lives.”
Laura Boland wrote: “You were such a shining light. Our world is better for having you in it. Your legacy will live on and thrive.”
Connie Macri Fazzolari wrote Australia has lost a hero.
“An amazing lady that has made such a difference. Connie is now in the garden of beautiful angels. Connie will always have a spot in mine and a lot if others hearts.”