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Gilly’s resolve inspires

TRUE FRIENDS: Johanna (back) with Gilly, her 16-year-old daughter Madi and husband, Jim.
TRUE FRIENDS: Johanna (back) with Gilly, her 16-year-old daughter Madi and husband, Jim. Kari Bourne

JUST knowing she has people there to help fills Gilly Hodgetts with positive energy.

For four years the Palmwoods woman has battled breast cancer but as a former fitness trainer she refuses to let the dark side of life get her down.

It is Mrs Hodgetts' positive spirit that inspired close friend Johanna Ashley to organise a fundraising event for her at the Big Pineapple.

"We hope to get the fundraiser as big as we can get it," Mrs Ashley said.

"The more people, the more supporters for the cause."

The event will be held on Sunday from 10am-3pm and all funds raised will go towards Mrs Hodgetts' treatment.

But already the overwhelming support from both friends and strangers has helped Mrs Hodgetts feel an improvement.

"I am so grateful because it is a tough thing to go through and your family goes through it with you but you get overwhelmed at times," she said.

"Most of my life I have battled away on my own with my husband but to have people extend this kindness, words can't express, I feel quite blessed.

"The positivity that brings me has helped me feel physically a lot better because I'm so grateful, so joyful, to have the thought that people want to do that for me."

Mrs Ashley said when she told people her friend's story, they were more than willing to lend a helping hand.

"I just explain the situation to people about her positive attitude and people connect with someone who is really committed," she explained.

"This is not a victim story; she's on the healing journey and is completely determined to get well.

"Because she is so determined that brings me the purpose to help her and that's what I have shared with everyone who I am on board with."

Mrs Hodgetts hopes to raise enough money to travel to and receive treatment in Germany.

 

FOR GILLY

WHAT: Family Fun Day at the Big Pineapple including special guests Kelsie Rimmer and Andrew Lawson

WHEN: Sunday, January 6 from 10am-3pm

WHERE: The Big Pineapple, Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye

Topics:  big pineapple, breast cancer, fundraiser, kelsie rimmer


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