Sydney surgeon gives Hope faith for brighter future
HOPE Biltoft's favourite saying is "there's always someone worse off than me” and for someone who has been dealt a hard hand, it really shows her strength.
After beating an aggressive form of brain cancer at just nine years old, Hope, now 19, is battling her second diagnosis.
Hope has remained strong since her second diagnosis in June 2018, but a routine MRI in July this year showed the tumour is growing, so she's going to need surgery.
With surgery planned for January next year, Hope and her family are cautious after she suffered a stroke two weeks post-surgery last time, leaving her in a wheelchair and learning to walk again.
With invasive surgery the only option offered in Brisbane, Hope is worried history could repeat itself.
"I am just afraid if I have the invasive surgery it will happen again,” she said.
That's when Hope came across Charlie Teo's work online.
The Sydney doctor offers an alternative, less invasive surgery option that could prove safe for Hope.
Hope's mother, Jenny Franklin, hopes the surgery will allow her daughter to maintain her quality of life.
"As a mum you want the best for your children and would move mountains to do it,” she said.
Hope's biggest goal out of the surgery is to get to be a normal 19-year-old, with a major focus on getting her licence and starting a course in animal studies, with the goal to become a vet nurse.
"Hopefully they get all of it and it doesn't come back again,” Hope said.
The family has already started fundraising efforts for Hope's treatment and surgery and is hosting a cent auction on Saturday, with more than 150 prizes up for grabs.
Ms Franklin said the Dalby community had always been so generous and supportive.
"The best thing about living in a town with a rural base, there's that real care factor and community feeling,” she said.
"It doesn't matter how many people need help, thelocal community just comes together and they justdo it.”
The cent auction will start at 10am at Dalby Bowls Club tomorrow.
Tickets are $10, including lucky door prize entry, one sheet of tickets and morning tea. Children over two $2 entry.
If you would like to help Hope reach her fundraising goal and make her surgery a reality, get in touch at editorial@dalbyherald. com.au.