Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

5 Stories That Melted Hearts in 2017

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

5 Stories That Melted Hearts in 2017

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LIKE any year, 2017 was once again full of warmth and heartbreak.

We've listed below five stories involving the people who make our region such an amazing and heartwarming place.

1. Love triumphs in the most difficult year of their lives.

WHILE most of the past year was one to forget for Scott Hoare, his marriage to Angie Minucos was one shining moment to ensure that the dark cloud will always have a silver lining.

On December 2, 2016, the popular former St Patrick's student was left a quadriplegic when he hit his head on a sandbank while swimming at Sydney's Coogee Beach and broke his neck.

"It's like we lost a year of our lives, basically," Mr Hoare said.

"Our hands were not on the steering wheel, we were passengers for so much time."

Two days after Mr Hoare came out of intensive care, Ms Minucos proposed; a few days later they had set the date - December 2 - the anniversary of the injury.

"I couldn't move anything from my neck down," he said.

"With that knowledge, she still proposed.

"She was so committed to me. She basically threw her life, her normal life, away to live with me."

And when the day finally arrived, it was amazing on a number of levels.

"We streamed the wedding live, about 1000 people watched from around the world," Mr Hoare said.

2. 'It's eating away at her': the fight to help Tilly

THE past year has been one of unimaginable pain and grief for the parents and siblings of five-year-old Tilly Elson, who suffers daily from a severe form of epilepsy.

But despite setbacks that would send most reeling, this Gympie family is remaining resilient in the face of hardship.

"She was walking up until January or February this year," Tilly's mother Tiffany said.

Tilly is now confined to a wheelchair, with constant monitoring of her oxygen flow and a myriad of medications that must be administered to her constantly. With the high and on-going expenses of helping Tilly, the Elsons have set up a GoFundMe page, with more than $2000 already donated in just one month.

3. Blazing a new start at One Mile

THE fire which destroyed a block of classrooms did not hold One Mile State School down for long, with classes almost back to normal just weeks after the blaze. …

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