TOUGH TEEN: A fundraiser concert to help Keely Johnson with her cancer treatment will be held in Beerwah later this month.
TOUGH TEEN: A fundraiser concert to help Keely Johnson with her cancer treatment will be held in Beerwah later this month. Peter Peach

Teen who raised $700,000 for sick kids now needs help

THE Coast's country music community is rallying around an inspirational teen as she faces a daunting health hurdle.

Keely Johnson, 19, was discharged from a Brisbane hospital yesterday after having two surgeries on her brain to relieve symptoms of and identify a malignant tumour.

She will return to her family's Ayr home this weekend before coming back down to Brisbane at the end of the month to start five weeks of radium treatment.

Her first bone marrow cancer diagnosis came when she was just 13.

It resulted in 12 months of chemotherapy and the detection of a tumour in her brain.

But she has used the setback as motivation to help other sick kids, having raised more than $700,000 since then through her charity The Golden Octopus Foundation and other ventures.

Her family now needs help after a second tumour was found in a routine scan last month.

Coast singer/songwriter Mason Hope, who has performed at Miss Johnson's previous charity events, has helped organise a fundraiser concert at the Beerwah Hotel on March 25.

Other country music performers have committed to play and Miss Johnson plans on being there to give a performance before she starts her treatment.

Her charity's ambassador, Lee Kernaghan, has also donated some signed items likely to be auctioned off.


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