CHINCHILLA FAREWELLS BRAVE CANCER FIGHTER ANNE-MARIE BRANDON - TRIBUTE,
Anne-Marie remembered for her courage and spirit
DON’T count the days, make the days count.
They were the words Anne-Marie Brandon — a cherished mother of three and loved member of the Chinchilla community — lived by.
Anne-Marie was a fighter — determined, resilient and brave.
But even her extraordinary strength was not enough to overcome a cruel and rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a disease she fought for three and a half years.
It finally took her life on June 7 and Anne-Marie was farewelled by hundreds of her friends and family members at Chinchilla’s Catholic Church on Friday.
Marianne Hynes told the packed church her sister Anne-Marie was “a dynamic force like no other”.
“Her love for her husband, Will, and their gorgeous children, Isaac, Sophie and Izzy, saw her fight until the very end.”
Even throughout her illness, Anne-Marie used her suffering to help others, developing a passion for raising awareness through her Facebook site Give and Let Live.
The site, which her family will continue to run, encouraged people to join the bone marrow registry, which can be done through the Red Cross via a simple blood test.
A bone marrow transplant would have been Anne-Marie’s only chance of survival.
“Anne-Marie unfortunately did not find her perfect match but you may just be lucky enough to save the life of another mother, father, sister, brother or child,” Marianne said.
Marianne said the Chinchilla community had been “absolutely amazing” in its support for her family and hoped Anne-Marie’s journey would be inspiration enough for more people to consider donating blood and joining the bone marrow registry.
“She doesn’t want to have died in vain,” she said.
“If she can help save one more life, that will be worth it.
“While she may have physically departed this world, I know her spirit and memory will live on with all of us.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to be made to Lymphoma Australia Foundation.
LOVING FAMILY: Anne-Marie Brandon poses for a photo with her family, husband William and children Isabel, Sophie, and Isaac.