Hugh Greenwood’s mother Andree died on Monday but the Crows midfielder said she didn’t lose her battle with cancer — she had beaten it by the way she lived.
Andree, affectionately known as Onny, was diagnosed with secondary terminal breast cancer in 2014 and died in her sleep, surrounded by her family.
Last month she was in the Crows rooms after Adelaide’s preliminary final win over Geelong and shared a special moment with her star son.
Greenwood has a tattoo on his body of the breast cancer ribbon and last year shaved his head to raise $75,000 to fight the disease.
“Onny was a loving wife, a dear sister, a proud daughter, and of course, a beautiful mother that made every second on this earth count,” Greenwood wrote on Instagram yesterday.
Andree “Onny” Greenwood passed away peacefully in her sleep on the 23/10/17 surrounded by her loved ones Stiks, Hugh and Josie. Onny was a loving wife, a dear sister, a proud daughter, and of course, a beautiful mother that made every second on this earth count. Onny will be missed dearly, but those whom Onny has touched (and there are plenty), will know that she will be with them wherever they go, and be with them in whatever they do. We love you Onny, May you Rest In Peace in God’s loving arms. X “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer, you beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” – Stu Scott – 16/7/2014 Love you Ma x
“Onny will be missed dearly, but those whom Onny has touched will know that she will be with them wherever they go.”
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer, you beat cancer by how you live, why you live.”
Young Port Adelaide forward Todd Marshall is also in mourning after losing his “biggest fan” — his mother Mary — at the weekend.
In a message on Instagram, Marshall, who hails from Deniliquin in NSW’s Riverina district, wrote:
“To my biggest fan, you may now rest peacefully. No more struggles. No more pain. I love you Mum, I miss you so much.”
Mary and husband Rob — along with his older siblings Tony, Janelle, Luke and Sam — were on hand to watch Todd, 18, make his AFL debut against the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium in Ballarat in Round 22.