THE family of Nyrie Contor, a former Eyre Peninsula girl who grew up on farms at Tumby Bay and later Yallunda Flat, are looking to continue the work a Facebook page, which provided so much support to Mrs Contor throughout her cancer battle.
Mrs Contor who went to kindergarten in Tumby Bay and attended school in Cummins died in July this year after a four year battle with breast and bone cancer.
She moved to Mackay in 1994 with her now husband, teaching at schools in the area.
It was when Mrs Contor became pregnant with twins in 2012 that her battle with breast cancer began.
Her father, Ross Hudson said despite her brave fight after the twins were born, the cancer returned three years later which devastated the whole family.
Mr Hudson said Mrs Contor moved to Adelaide earlier this year for better access to palliative care services and to be closer to her family.
Hopefully we can make use of all the work that Nyrie has done in the last five years.
The Save My Sister Nyrie Facebook page was started by her sister Vhari Kelly, when Mrs Contor was first diagnosed with cancer and the outpouring of well wishes through the page has prompted her family to continue the support for regional women.
Mr Hudson said throughout her battle with cancer, Mrs Contor had explored treatment options and tests and continued her work with breast cancer research.
He said her “inspirational work” had won her respect and admiration.
“Worried about the genetic implication to other women in the family, Nyrie had further tests and continued to research,” Mr Hudson said.
“Nyrie was always searching for ways to help other women.”
Mr Hudson said he and Mrs Kelly were hoping to start the Save my Sister Foundation in Nyrie’s memory.
He said the aim of the foundation was not to raise money but it would provide support to other women battling cancer.
“We will not be seeking donations of money, but support to establish a website where regional and country cancer patients can get information to access assistance and advice that they do not normally get in their home areas,” he said.
“Hopefully we can make use of all the work that Nyrie has done in the last five years.”
Mr Hudson said he was sure the support from families and friends when she was initially diagnosed with breast cancer spurred her on to help others become aware of the disease.