By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit - @loveyoursister/Facebook
Cancer sufferer Connie Johnson was determined to bust out of the hospice for a special event in Canberra – and that she did.
The brave Canberran, who’s inspired people far and wide with her battle with breast cancer, spent a few hours at Questacon on Sunday, for a special fundraising art project.
Sydney-based artist Marie Ramos has been raising money for Love Your Sister through a giant artwork of 2000 ceramic tiles of people’s fingerprints – shaped like hearts.
Marie brought the project to Canberra ahead of the official unveiling at The Garvan Institute in Sydney on October 30.
And Canberrans proved their generosity once again..
“We had about 100 tiles where people left their fingerprints and that raised over $5,500 for cancer research,” Questacon’s Senior Manager Centre, Retail and Tourism, Tristan Hoffmeister, said.
Connie posted earlier in the week, she was keen to attend the event, but wasn’t sure if she’d be well enough.
But in true Connie form, she made it, and was so thankful for the community’s support.
“She’s always so thankful and gracious when people come out and support the cause. She was overwhelmed again by the support and the good feeling she had from the community and their generosity,” Mr Hoffmeister said.
“Connie did say by adding your generous heart to the artwork it makes her feel very humble that her wish will become a reality and one day there’ll be a cure for cancer.”
More than $2.2 million has already been raised for Love Your Sister through the Big Heart Project, which saw the Lyneham netball courts covered in donated five-cent coins back in May.