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Community generosity boosts Dalby woman's surgery

Kel Roberts with her two bulldogs. A friend she connected with through their love of bulldogs started the campaign to help pay her medical bills. Photo Will Hunter / Dalby Herald
Kel Roberts with her two bulldogs. A friend she connected with through their love of bulldogs started the campaign to help pay her medical bills. Photo Will Hunter / Dalby Herald Will Hunter

IT WAS a passion for bulldogs that changed Kel Roberts' life forever.

Locals and strangers have opened their wallets for the Dalby resident, who is in desperate need of treatment for a tumour.

Kel requires immediate surgery on a tumour found during a routine MRI.

Friend Lee Clapton started a Facebook page last week to help Kel raise the $5000 bill.

Kel had never met Lee, but the two connected online through a love of bulldogs.

"I was just talking to her as a friend and she started this group and tagged me," she said.

With donations flooding in across Australia, the $5000 bill was raised in less than 24 hours.

The account was closed after two days when donations pushed past $10,000.

"It goes to show humanity is still alive," Kel said.

"This is what Australians do. When you see so many people ... donating that I've grown up with in this town ... they've all been amazing."

Kel now wants to make sure she pays the community's generosity forward.

About $2000 of the donations to Kel will be given to another local family in need.

"I want to pay it forward," Kel said.

"There will be a huge ripple effect from this. I might not have money, but I have time.

"This has made me want to be a better person and do more for people.

"I can't believe how amazing everyone has been."

Kel had a 3kg tumour removed in 2011 after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Another tumour appeared two weeks ago.

"It was the surgeon's advice I needed surgery straight away," Kel said.

Kel said she was facing a 30 to 40-day wait through the public health system.

Previous treatment and scans had put a financial strain on the mother, who would be forced to take unpaid time off work for her surgery and recovery.

"It all adds up. I didn't think I would have another tumour," Kel said.

She is scheduled to have surgery on Friday.

Topics:  bulldogs, cancer, charity, dalby


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