BARB PINTER: Co-ordinator of the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group.
BARB PINTER: Co-ordinator of the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group. Christian Morrow

Vale Barb Pinter- community champion

BARB Pinter, founder of the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group, passed away last Saturday after living with cancer for many years.

“She founded the Breast Cancer Support Group in 2004 and helped many hundred women over 11-and-a-half years,” said current BBCSG co-ordinator Sarah Sigley.

“She had a real knack for bringing the community together.

“Barb also founded Rainbow Dragons Abreast Byron and forged links with Quest For Life and brought the YMCA Encore Program to the region among so many other things.”

Every October the group organises a round of pink events including the mini field of women and the iconic Pink Lighthouse.

A celebration of Barb’s life will be held in Byron Bay at a date to be announced.

And on a personal note from this week’s Editorial:

I had the privilege of being able to help Barb Pinter out from time to time with a bit of publicity for the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group. Barb passed away on Saturday and her death will leave a hard to fill, empty space, in the lives of many friends and family.

In one early conversation Barb told me she had no time for the phrases “battling cancer”, “brave fight” or “cancer survivor”. To her they sounded to martial and mock-heroic. For her it was a matter of getting on with life and supporting others in the same boat. Our community relies on people like Barb who give so much to others. Vale Barb Pinter. Thank-you.

- Christian Morrow


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