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Candid Connie alternative take on cancer
Sara says ...with Sara Gilligan
CANCER sucks and no positive outlook
on life is going to change that fact.
Any person of any age, gender, nationality
in good or bad health – can be diagnosed
with the disease and it would be a rare per-
son who has been unaffected by it in some
shape or form.
Since Friday, single heart emojis have
painted Facebook walls in memory of can-
cer-crusader Connie Johnson, who sadly died
Since her terminal diagnosis seven years
ago, Connie and her brother Samuel have
raised more than $4 million for cancer
research through their ‘Love Your Sister’
What a beautiful relationship this brother
and sister shared, with Samuel putting his
acting career on hold to help his sister’s
search to find a cure.
The inspiring mother of two left this world
a better place and her brave journey will con-
tinue to inspire now she is gone.
The thing I most admired about Connie
from my perception of her through broadcast
and online media was her determination not
to ‘pretty-up’ the disease.
“Cancer does not deserve a colour”, she
said when she and Samuel decided to ditch
the pink associated with breast cancer and
change their charity’s colour to black last
I’ve always been an advocate for positive
thinking, but maybe we don’t always have
to put a positive spin on bad experiences and
accept the fact that they are bad and then we
can grow from that.
Earlier this year my good friend Brooke
got engaged and two weeks later discovered
her mother-in-law was terminally ill.
I remember she called me and said, “I’m
engaged and I’m getting married in three
months because Andy’s mum is going to
Despite certain members of her family
telling Brooke she didn’t need to rush and
that Andy’s mum was strong, she knew how
important it was for her to be there on that
The wedding was beautiful and two days
later her mother-in-law died.
Connie never denied her cancer would kill
her and instead dedicated the rest of her life
to hopefully one day helping others find a
I’ve seen people close to me do everything
in their power to change their fate – spend-
ing their final months in a foreign country
receiving treatment instead of spending time
with their family.
I also know people who have refused to
give up and fought through their darkest time
to now live happy, cancer-free lives.
At the end of the day, life is short and you
can’t take it for granted.
Cancer research and treatment is under-
funded, so it is up to individuals, like
Connie, to fight for change.
To make a donation to the Love Your
Sister foundation, visit: www.loveyoursister.
LOXTON’S Kirsty Boden
will be honoured with a new
scholarship in her name,
supporting Flinders University
nursing students from regional
Born and bred in the
Riverland, Kirsty studied nurs-
ing at Flinders University before
moving to London to work as a
nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’
She was tragically killed in
the London Bridge terror attack
in June as she rushed to the aid
The Kirsty Boden Memorial
Nursing Scholarship, which has
been developed in consultation
with the Boden family, will pro-
vide $20,000 per year to support
two students in the final year of
Premier Jay Weatherill met
with Kirsty’s partner James
Hodder in London on Saturday
to announce the scholarship.
“This scholarship is a fitting
tribute and lasting legacy for
Kirsty,” Mr Weatherill said.
“In years to come, nursing
students from regional South
Australia just like Kirsty will
get the support they need so they
can carry on her legacy of loving
Flinders University vice chan-
cellor professor Colin Stirling
said Kirsty was distinguished by
her generosity, selflessness and
determination to help others and
make a difference.
“A graduate of the class of
2009, Kirsty was an outstanding
scholar, winning the School of
Nursing and Midwifery Study
Abroad Scholarship in 2008,”
“These are the qualities we
honour in celebrating Kirsty’s
life and establishing this memo-
The State Government is ini-
tially providing $100,000 to fund
the scholarship for at least five
while in London
Hodder (left) and
Kirsty’s legacy to live on
Police investigate theft
RIVERLAND Police are investigating a
serious criminal trespass and theft from a
residential address in Loxton last week.
Sometime between 8am and 5pm on
Friday, September 8, a property on Fourth
Street was entered and several items were
Property stolen included a black and
gold-coloured Pierre Cardin watch, a silver
and gold-coloured Lorus watch, a 9ct gold
chain and a quantity of cash.
Anyone with any information is asked
to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333
000 or online at crimestopperssa.com.au.
Callers can remain anonymous.
Police would like to remind the public to
remain vigilant and report any suspicious
activity by phoning 131 444.
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