Anne-Marie re­mem­bered for her courage and spirit

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - By JIM CAMP­BELL

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.

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