FINDING DORY: Helen “Eddie” Edney with a sign asking Ellen DeGeneres to attend her charity movie screening in June.
FINDING DORY: Helen “Eddie” Edney with a sign asking Ellen DeGeneres to attend her charity movie screening in June. Alistair Brightman

14,000 finny fans call for Ellen Degeneres to visit Coast

UPDATE: The Fraser Coast Chronicle is getting behind Helen "Eddie" Edney's plea to bring Ellen DeGeneres to Hervey Bay and we need your help. 

We're calling all Twitter users on the Fraser Coast to tweet @TheEllenShow with an encouraging message to bring Ellen to the Fraser Coast and fulfil Eddie's tragedy of losing her partner into a triumph.

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WHEN Helen "Eddie" Edney lost the love of her life to cancer in February, she never imagined that a few months later she would be asking superstar Ellen DeGeneres to visit the Fraser Coast.

But the loss of her beloved partner of 16 years had her looking to take her personal tragedy and turn it into a triumph.

Helen Balmer, better known as "Dory", was diagnosed with cancer in August last year.

Would you like to see Ellen DeGeneres visit the Fraser Coast?

This poll ended on 20 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes, it would be great for Helen "Eddie" Edney and great for the whole region


While I would like her to visit, I don't think she will come here


I'm not an Ellen fan, but I think it would still be nice for Helen "Eddie" Edney if she came


No I wouldn't like to see her visit the Fraser Coast


I'm unsure at this stage if I am in support or not


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Her nickname came about when the two women, who are originally from England, were watching Finding Nemo many years ago.

Eddie turned to her partner and told her that she was a lot like the film's star character Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres - and the nickname stuck.

When the couple found out there would be a sequel called Finding Dory, they were thrilled and couldn't wait to see it.

Finding Nemo was a huge hit and now, finally, it will have a sequel.
Finding Nemo was a huge hit and now, finally, it will have a sequel.

But Eddie said when Dory was diagnosed with cancer in her bile duct, it quickly became clear how ill she was.

"It had spread too far. She had chemo and radiation, really intensive treatment," she said.

Dory died just six months after her diagnosis. She was only 47.

More than 200 people attended her funeral wearing bright colours and thongs to keep the event bright and casual.

"She was loved by so many people," she said.

"It was a complete celebration of her life."

To pay tribute to Dory and raise money in the fight against cancer, Eddie started organising a special screening of Finding Dory at Hervey Bay Cinemas with all proceeds to go to the Cancer Council and Maryborough's Palliative Care Centre.

Those who had known Dory quickly got behind the fundraiser and before she knew it, the event sold out.

That left one more step.

Eddie wanted to reach out to Ellen Degeneres, the woman who brought Dory the cartoon character to life, and ask if she would support the benefit.

She posted to the star's Facebook page, telling her of Dory's battle against cancer.

She invited Ellen to make a donation of signed merchandise to be auctioned off at the screening, or to send a recorded message for the night.

Or even better, Eddie continued, Ellen and Portia could accept an invitation to be special guests at the screening.

The post has attracted more than 14,000 likes and reactions, it has been shared almost 1400 times and has more than 270 comments.

Eddie said she was shocked by the reaction her post had garnered.

She said she realised Ellen would get thousands of requests every day, but said it would be amazing if Ellen and Portia would attend the event and she would even give up her own seat if it meant making it happen.

Eddie said all her efforts were worth it to honour the memory of Dory, the woman she describes as "the life and soul of the party".

"She was the kindest person you'd ever meet."

Want to help?

Eddie invited those wishing to contibute to make a donation to the Cancer Council in Dory's name or to Palliative Care Maryborough.

For details, phone 4120 1053.

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