Keely’s wish to sing with Lee Kernaghan

FOR Keely, 16, a rare brain tumour has meant a long and difficult medical journey. Her condition is so rare, Keely and her family had to travel to America for diagnosis.

Her illness has also had complications, affecting her growth and development since the age of 10. Despite her ongoing battle with her illness, Keely’s determined spirit keeps her going, with two powerful weapons: her love of singing, and of helping others.

In her local community, Keely is a well-known face, often seen busking to raise money for Make-A-Wish and childhood cancer charities. During her stays at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Keely met and formed close friendships with many wish kids.

Their first-hand accounts of how their wishes were “a bright light at the end of the tunnel of chemo and hospitals and needles” inspired Keely to take action. Keely has raised an incredible $21,000 so far and she’s determined to reach $100,000 by 2016.

Keely’s had a lot of time to think about her wish. One of her idols, Australian country singer Lee Kernaghan, was the inspiration for her extraordinary wish: to write a song, sing it with Lee, and donate the proceeds to Make-A-Wish.

With Lee Kernaghan, music producers and a studio on board, Keely and Lee recorded a duet of a beautiful country song she’d written, with the pair getting along like old friends! Next they jetted off to a special studio location to film the music video, where Keely was made over into a true country star. With the filming all wrapped, all that was left to do was release the single and make her debut.

With further success sure to follow this amazingly talented girl, she’s already inspiring more and more people around her. “She’ll have the support of her biggest fans – her family!” Keely’s mum Cathy says.

“Keely showing kids to give to other kids is a good thing. That’s the message that I think we’ve built across northern Queensland.

“We’ve even noticed a couple of kids around her age in Ayr starting to raise money for something. I believe that they’re doing that because of her – that she’s inspired them to think like that and to give to others.”

Keely’s song “Turn This to Gold” is now available to purchase through all good digital media stores, including iTunes, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.

Source: Make-A-Wish Australia

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Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities with another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years of experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities.

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