Car­rie B: A per­sonal Project

Car­rie Bick­more’s can­cer foun­da­tion has helped The Project star cope with the death of her hus­band. By SHAN­NON MOLLOY

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

GRIEF is a strange thing to live with. It can strike with fe­roc­ity in the most un­likely of cir­cum­stances and then be to­tally ab­sent in the ob­vi­ous ones, as Car­rie Bick­more has dis­cov­ered over the past six years. Her hus­band Greg Lange died in 2010, just two days af­ter Christ­mas, af­ter a long bat­tle with brain can­cer. The sad­ness – that aw­ful sense of loss – never en­tirely goes away, Bick­more says. “I don’t know if I want it to, though,” she says. “It’s a strange thing, but I guess it’s want­ing to know that per­son is still with you in some way.”

When The Project’s co-host won her 2015 Gold Lo­gie, don­ning a blue beanie and giv­ing an im­pas­sioned speech about the dis­ease that took her hus­band, she couldn’t have imag­ined the re­ac­tion that fol­lowed.

Her heart­felt plea for aware­ness and sup­port res­onated across the coun­try. Peo­ple wanted to chip in, to help her make a dif­fer­ence, so Car­rie’s Bea­nies For Brain Can­cer was born.

“The foun­da­tion has given me a pos­i­tive place to chan­nel a lot of the feel­ings I have,” Bick­more says.

“It’s also a real legacy for Greg and a legacy for [son] Ol­lie as well. And it’s gone so well. I’m hum­bled by ev­ery­one’s sup­port and gen­eros­ity. I can’t be­lieve we’ve raised $1.2 mil­lion in just over a year.”

Through a con­cert fundraiser and the sale of de­signer bea­nies, which sold out this win­ter, her or­gan­i­sa­tion has been able to splash much-needed cash on vital re­search projects.

“The money is go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence and hope­fully one day other fam­i­lies don’t have to go through what I went through,” Bick­more says. THE PROJECT WEEK­DAYS, 6.30PM, WIN

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