FIGHTING AS ONE: Caitlyn Meiklejohn, Keeley Johnson and Southern Downs mayor Peter Blundell socialise at the Warwick Relay for Life.
FIGHTING AS ONE: Caitlyn Meiklejohn, Keeley Johnson and Southern Downs mayor Peter Blundell socialise at the Warwick Relay for Life. Contributed

Keeley sings out for battle against cancer

WHILE there were many touching moments throughout the Warwick Relay for Life on the weekend, undoubtedly one of the most moving moments was when teenager Keeley Johnson took the stage.

Keeley, also a talented singer, is battling cancer but joined good friend Caitlyn Meiklejohn at the relay and touched everyone by sharing her story and performing.

"It was really great to talk to CJ (Caitlyn) again," Keeley said.

"We've been through some tough times but it's always good to talk to her.

"We help each other through tougher times."

"Keeley was so inspiring," cancer survivor Kelsey Burt said.

"I was bawling my eyes out when she was on stage.

"She's doing so much despite what she's going through.

"It really puts things into perspective."

Despite going through treatment, Keeley has been busy giving back to those who have helped her.

She has raised almost $21,000 personally through busking and selling homemade jewellery.

"I'm quite proud of my fundraising," Keeley said.

"It's nice to try and help others, it makes me happy to help out."

Additionally, she recorded a single with country singer Lee Kernaghan through the Make a Wish foundation.

"It was my wish to record with him (Kernaghan)," she said.

"It was a real thrill and was very exciting.

"It will be released on iTunes at the end of the month with all proceeds going to Make a Wish."

That is not all. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Keeley has also been heavily involved with Going Gold for Childhood Cancer.

"Most of the things have already been done but I'm looking forward to it being bigger and brighter next year," Keeley said.

"I wrote to (Queensland Premier) Campbell Newman and asked him to write to all councils to turn some of their buildings and icons gold.

"A couple of the things that turned gold included the Story Bridge and Queensland Parliament House."



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