FOR HOPE: Vivien Taylor, Hope Biltoft and her mum Jenny Franklin have worked hard to bring a fun day to Dalby in the hopes of raising money for a seizure dog.
FOR HOPE: Vivien Taylor, Hope Biltoft and her mum Jenny Franklin have worked hard to bring a fun day to Dalby in the hopes of raising money for a seizure dog. Meg Gannon

Teenager fighting for life has one wish

JENNY Franklin's choice to name her daughter Hope may have been a coincidence but is certainly fitting, given what the 19-year-old woman has had to endure in her life.

Hope Biltoft was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer when she was eight and has suffered debilitating seizures since.

Now the community is banding together to provide Hope with a much-needed seizure dog, holding a full day of events and fundraising this Saturday at Bunya Park Racecourse,

Ms Franklin said the dog would allow Hope more freedom than she was permitted now.

"It will mean Hope can gain independence and reassurance to be left alone," she said.

"I don't work in my job because I don't like to leave Hope at home for too long by herself because of the seizures.

"To have the seizure dog and to be able to purchase that seizure dog, will enable Hope to have a little bit of normality and independence, like a lot of 19-year-olds."

The event will include a charity motorbike ride, twilight markets, a mechanical bull, jumping castle, multi-draw raffles and a show-and-shine competition.

"These days everyone is doing online GoFundMe pages so we just thought we'd raise some awareness into brain tumour re-occurrence," Ms Franklin said

"It's just pretty much to bring the community together and make it a family event, and just to give Hope that bit of recognition because she has come so far and done so well."

The idea of involving the community in the fundraising efforts came easily.

"We've had so much community support which has been great - it's been just beautiful."

Hope's journey is not over yet: Six months ago she was diagnosed with a different brain tumour, so the need for a service dog has increased tenfold.

 

To support Hope, head to Bunya Park Racecourse on Saturday from 4pm.