FORMER Orange resident Helen Snodgrass, whose kindness and professionalism impacted hundreds of cancer patients she treated as an oncology nurse for more than 20 years, has lost her battle with cancer.
Ms Snodgrass passed away on Wednesday in Kotara surrounded by family after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.
Former colleague and rural cancer co-ordinator Fran Ferguson said the impact of Ms Snodgrass’s contribution to improved cancer services for rural areas was enormous.
“Snod was a dear friend and through that and our working relationship I was able to see how passionate she was about oncology services,” she said.
“She had a special quality and an ability to make her patients feel as if they were the only one in the world.”
Mrs Ferguson said Ms Snodgrass’s professionalism and commitment to cancer services gained her an amazing reputation.
“When I would go away to conferences her name was synonymous as an advocate for improved cancer services,” she said.
“She also had that very rare gift as a wonderful teacher and knowledgeable person in her field who was generous in the way she wanted to pass on her knowledge to other nurses.”