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Carrie Bickmore shares heartbreaking tribute to late friend: 'So sorry'

"Donna I am so sorry we couldn’t find a cure in time."

Carrie Bickmore has shared her heartbreaking following the devastating loss of a good friend to brain cancer.

"Donna I am so sorry we couldn’t find a cure in time," Carrie wrote alongside a video of moments she and Donna spent together. "It’s hard to believe you climbed Point To Pinnacle with us just a few months ago and now you are gone. What a brutal disease."

Carrie Bickmore and Donna Nottage
Carrie Bickmore has shared her heartbreak following the devastating loss of a good friend to brain cancer. Photo: Instagram/bickmorecarrie

She continued, "Donna was an absolute ray of sunshine, determined to 'See the Colour' no matter what this horrible disease 'Terry the B*****d' (as she called it) threw at her.

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"She was determined to raise funds for vital brain cancer research to give her more time with her beautiful boys, and to help others in the future. As you can see in this video she supported our foundation every beanie campaign and it’s devastating that Donna has passed away in the middle of our beanie week. We’ll wear one in your honour Donna."

Carrie finished her tribute by writing, "Our hearts go out to her husband Sean, gorgeous boys Huxley & Reeve whom she adored, Mum Pauline and all of her family."

Her followers were quick to share their condolences, with one user writing, "Life can be so unfair... she looks like she was a beautiful human."

"This is so devastating to see. What a woman," another said.

"Devastating to know another beautiful soul taken by this disease!" a third added.

"Such a beautiful tribute, I’m devastated for her family and friends," someone else said. "Such a horrific disease. Carrie, with everything you’re doing, one day nobody will have to lose their loved ones like we have."

Carrie opens up about her late husband Greg

The former Project presenter lost her first husband, Greg Lange, to brain cancer in 2010 and has been campaigning to raise funds for research into the disease ever since.

She created her own charity, Carrie's Beanies for Brain Cancer, which she famously announced when she won her Gold Logie in 2015.

Carrie lost her husband Greg Lange to brain cancer in 2010. Photo: Ten
Carrie lost her husband Greg Lange to brain cancer in 2010. Photo: Ten

Greg was just 35 when he died and had battled the disease for 10 years, with the presenter telling Anh Do on his series Anh's Brush With Fame in 2018, "It was about a year after we moved to Melbourne. I think I was still 21 or 22 and he was about 25. He had a seizure at home and one thing led to another and they diagnosed him with a brain tumour."

"It was just... in your 20s that is just the last thing that you can ever — I didn't even really know anyone that had cancer, I didn't know anything about brain cancer, neither did he.

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"It completely threw everything we knew, everything we had planned, everything we thought... it just threw everything on its head."

The pair went on to welcome their son Oliver in 2005, with Carrie saying he is "probably the greatest thing we ever did together".

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