Nguyen Khanh Thuong, a breast cancer patient famous among the Vietnamese community for promoting awareness for cancer, died on Tuesday. She was 32.
Thuong, who founded the Breast Cancer Network Vietnam in March 2013, was announced to pass away in Brisbane, Australia, where she lived with her Australian husband since 2012.
“She is now resting in peace but the work is still continuing,” the Network said on its Facebook page on Tuesday, “Millions of teenagers, volunteers and other young people throughout Vietnam and all over the world will definitely be following in her footsteps to fulfill her unfinished journeys.”
“Those journeys would never stop and we will keep going on living like warriors,” said the network, founded with hopes of increasing the rate of early detection and increasing life quality for women with breast cancer.
The network usually posts cancer-related information, organizes free yoga classes for women with cancer in Ho Chi Minh City, and presents wigs to cancer patients.
Thuong, known as Thuong Nguyen Sobey after getting married, was diagnosed with final-stage breast cancer in October 2012, just three days after her engagement ceremony.
The former teacher at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi often asked women with breast cancer not to be hopeless.
"If you're in the first, second or third stage, keep hope and trust in the treating process. Even if you're in the final stage, you can still live your remaining days meaningfully," Thuong once said.
Early last month, she published a series of photos of herself which, she said, carry the shared message "Not Beyond Us" of World Cancer Day, February 4.