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

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sky's the limit for Dominique

Dalby showjumper Dominique Holtkamp spends time training with her horse, Life to the Max.

Local showjumper outperforms the rest

Heatwave to continue for days as temps top 40 in some areas

Beachgoers cool down at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Temperatures have hit 46 degrees Celsius in parts of outback Queensland today, with a heatwave predicted for the state's central and southern regions.(AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Outback towns scorching under the Friday afternoon sun

Milly receives a stay of execution

'DANGEROUS DOG': Milly's owner Therese will meet with the council today to discuss the dog's fate.

Milly the dog is off death row - for now.

Local Partners

Roma's so hot, they're frying eggs on the street

To see how hot it really is, we tried cooking an egg on the road.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!