Corinda Maloney was one in five million.
The Bacchus Marsh mother of two died on November 3 – just two weeks after a devastating diagnosis of an extremely rare liver cancer.
In recent weeks, her community has rallied around Mrs Maloney’s family.
She is remembered by her brother Cameron Barratt as a devoted mother, loving wife and treasured daughter and sister.
“This truly is a story of absolute tragedy,”
Mr Barratt said.
“In only two short weeks, Corinda’s concerns went from everyday life issues to wondering if she would ever see her husband and children again as she bravely went in for life-saving surgery.”
Mrs Maloney, 31, was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, which affects about one in five million people.
“Almost all cases are caught too late, with no effective treatment options,” Mr Barratt said. “Removal of the cancer is a person’s best chance at survival. Corinda did not survive the surgery due to complications. Her memory will live on and be forever celebrated through everyone that knew and loved her.”
Mr Barratt set up the Corinda Maloney Memorial Fund online to support his sister’s family, including husband Paul and their children, five-year-old Airlie and two-year-old Heath. To date, the appeal has raised $30,000.
“Six weeks prior to her passing, Corinda and her family had built and moved into their dream home in Bacchus Marsh,” Mr Barratt said.
“The money will help to ease her family through an extremely difficult time and help to complete their dream home and help her children get through school.”