By Renee Bogatko, Image Credits - @loveyoursister/Facebook
Connie Johnson will be honoured in Parliament this week, after she lost her long battle with cancer on Friday.
Tributes have been pouring in, with tens of thousands of people expressing their kind words and grief on social media.
The Love Your Sister Facebook post announcing her passing has been shared nearly 45,000 times and attracted over 57,000 comments.
Facebook has also been flooded with single red heart emoji posts in memory of the Canberra hero, who helped raise millions for cancer research.
More than $2.5 million was raised as part of the Big Heart Project, which saw the public come together to build a giant heart of five cent coins at the Lyneham Netball Courts back in May.
Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann will acknowledge Connie’s significant contributions in a speech in Parliament this week.
“Connie Johnson was fearless, warm, generous and incredibly courageous in the face of tremendous adversity. It is such a loss, such a significant loss, of an extraordinary woman at just 40 years of age,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“To keep Connie’s dream alive, I encourage Canberrans to donate to the Love Your Sister Charity.”
You can donate here.
ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher has also paid tribute to the brave cancer campaigner, who she first met a few years ago.
“When I look at her and her incredibly story, I think look at how much she has done to raise awareness about breast cancer and most importantly to encourage women to look at their own breasts, check for breast cancer, and seek medical assistance if they need to,” Ms Gallagher said.
“She’s done more than Government programs could do in a few short years. She leaves an incredible legacy and here in Canberra we’re really proud of everything she’s done and we’ll miss her terribly.”
Connie’s brother Samuel Johnson has asked those wanting to share their thoughts and memories, to leave their tributes at the Love For Connie website.