Southern Downs Councillor Neil Meiklejohn interviews cancer patient Keeley Johnson on stage.
Southern Downs Councillor Neil Meiklejohn interviews cancer patient Keeley Johnson on stage. Michael Cormack

Cr Meiklejohn's 'heart, soul’ behind cause

AS A parent who has witnessed his daughter Caitlyn battle cancer, Southern Downs Councillor Neil Meiklejohn knows how tough it can be for any person or family while fighting cancer.

It is why Cr Meiklejohn was heavily involved in the running of this year's Relay for Life, trying to make a difference to those going through a similar battle and those who will go through it in the future.

"It's deeply personal for me and on a personal level I've put my heart and soul into it," Cr Meiklejohn said.

"I want to give back to make sure someone else's journey is easier.

"Nights like (Saturday) remind me how lucky we are to still have Caitlyn around.

"It's why I pledge to help other people in their journey." Caitlyn has become close friends with teenager Keeley Johnson, who is currently battling cancer but spoke and performed a few songs at the relay, and Cr Meiklejohn paid tribute to Keeley.

"She's a special young lady," he said.

"I saw a number of people with tears in their eyes when she was singing.

"There's so much similar between Keeley and Caitlyn's circumstances.

"There's any number of special people we've met through these somewhat unfortunate circumstances."



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