The Gympie Times: We're for making a difference
SERIOUSLY ill Tilly Elson stopped walking about a year ago.
The 12 months before that had been ones of unimaginable pain and grief for her parents, grappling with the devastating epileptic encephalopathy that had been destroying their little girl since the day she was born.
Tilly, 5, had become confined to a wheelchair, with constant monitoring of her oxygen flow and a myriad of medications that had to be administered constantly.
This battling family was stoic; determined to do whatever it took to give their daughter the best life possible.
But their financial burden was crippling and about to get worse.
"We... had a meeting with a palliative care team, and we talked about a plan to see how far we would want to go to save her life -- that's not them saying that she's done, but she's so fragile," her parents said.
A new car was found, one that would better cater to the family's needs and allow them to move Tilly far easier. But it was very expensive.
Our story on the Elsons and the GoFundMe page set up to help them touched many hearts.
Money began to roll in.
One local family made an anonymous donation of $3000.
By December they were on their way to pick up that new car.
The community spirit and generosity that helped the Elsons has been reflected and celebrated by The Gympie Times for the past 150 years. We're for the battlers.
We are doing things every day that make a difference.
We're for those who refuse to give up; the neighbours who do what they can to help; and the organisations and individuals who deliver services, create opportunities and go in to bat for those who need it the most in our community.
We're for making a difference to our road toll, to upgrading the Bruce Hwy through the Gympie region and fast tracking completion of the Cooroy to Curra bypass.
We're for improving health outcomes in our region and successfully campaigned for an on-site CT scanner at the Gympie Hospital last year.
From those in need to putting a smile on people's faces, we're here for you.
We're making a difference.