The Final (Official) Farewell To Connie Johnson Unites All
The husband of Connie Johnson has paid tribute to the "amazing" breast cancer campaigner's energy and bravery in the face of death.
At a moving memorial in Melbourne on Saturday, hundreds of supporters filled St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the life of the 40-year-old mother of two, who died at a Canberra hospice on September 8.
Warning: Some explicit Language can be heard throughout the following video tributes.
Connie's death came a day after she received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her tireless fundraising work through her charity Love Your Sister.
Michael Johnson spoke first at the service, giving insight into his wife's protracted battle with cancer and her relentless drive to help others in spite of it.
"Con hated cancer," he said.
"For a third of her life she had cancer.
"I saw this woman who was so weighed down by cancer, but still had the ability to lift so many of us.
"By actively dying, Con was able to teach so many of us about actively living."
The cathedral was packed with about 500 people for the memorial, while more watched the live-streamed event on the big screen at nearby Federation Square.
"Thank you for wrapping your arms around this amazing woman," Mr Johnson said, thanking all of Connie's supporters.
Connie Johnson founded Love Your Sister in 2012 after she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2009, and the charity has since raised millions.
"She became driven by this hope and obsession that by talking about cancer, and raising awareness, she could stop even one other family from having to go through the horror we had to live with day by day," Mr Johnson said.
The service was organised by Connie's brother, Australian actor Samuel Johnson, and hosted by her old friend, media personality Myf Warhurst.
Warhurst told a story from when they were teenagers about a time they went to a nightclub to see their favourite band, but Connie couldn't get in because she was underage.
"But Connie never let a little problem get in the way," Warhurst said, noting her infectious enthusiasm.
"She turned heel, went home, got changed into a completely different outfit and returned.
"She looked like a 60s Dolly Parton and she had the best night ever."
Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson quit acting last year to raise money for Love Your Sister and has pledged not to return until the campaign reached $10 million.
In an incredible effort in 2013, Johnson rode a unicycle 16,000km around Australia, raising almost $1.5 million along the way.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Visit the Love Your Sister website to donate and find out more information about the dreaded disease that is cancer and what you can do to prevent it and help towards finding a cure.