Keely Johnson, of Queensland, was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer at an age when other children are just preparing to hit puberty and start high school.
And now, just after her cohort graduated, the bright-eyed bonafide country singer, 19, has been struck down a second time.
Her doctors have identified a malignant tumour on her brain.
She’s already endured two surgeries to relieve the symptoms and will need to return to the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane at the end of the month for five weeks of radium treatment.
But those treatments are very expensive – particularly because Keely doesn’t have any hormones and will need special care.
The teenager has managed to raise $500,000 fundraising for other sick kids and a further $200,000 with her charity The Golden Octopus Foundation, which launched in 2015.
But now Keely needs Australia’s help to combat cancer once again.
‘She’s at high risk of chemotherapy being fatal because she doesn’t have any hormones so the doctors are going to see how the radiotherapy goes first,’ Keely’s mother Cathy told Daily Mail Australia.
‘But it’s going to cost a lot. It was actually her idea to start the GoFundMe page but she’s never asked for anything before.’
Already the page has raise more than $37,000 in donations but the goal is set to $50,000.
Some of the teenager’s friends, including fellow singer Mason Hope, have banded together to put on a charity concert at the Beerwah Hotel on March 25.
And Keely will be front and centre singing there.
‘The country music scene is very family orientated. I asked my grandmother what she thought we could do to help and this is what we came up with,’ Mason said.
‘I met Keely last year and we’ve been friends ever since. She’s such a free spirit… completely lights up a room. Her energy is contagious.’
Keely’s triumphant tale originally aired on Nine’s Inside Story in 2016 with the title ‘Golden Girl’ and became the most watched episode the series has ever had.
The interviews with family and friends explained how a rare bone marrow cancer left a vulnerable 13-year-old with no hormones, meaning she stopped growing when she was 10.
After 12 months of rigorous chemotherapy doctors then discovered a brain tumour, much like they have now.
But you won’t hear Keely ever complain about the horrifying procedures and daily aches and pains that have taken up her formative years.
At the time she said: ‘I feel lucky compared to other kids. I don’t want to sit around feeling sorry for myself. I want to help other kids with cancer.’
You can donate to Keely’s cancer cause on her GoFundMe page.