Woonona mum Jamie-Lee Hall is bracing for a second round of brain surgery after generous community donations first helped to save her life in 2009.
The 24-year-old mother of two has an uncommon neurological condition called moyamoya disease, where arteries at the base of the brain are blocked, risking paralysis.
Just before Christmas in 2009, donations of $7000 from an anonymous terminally ill man and $2500 from the Live Love Laugh Foundation helped pay for Ms Hall's first life-saving surgery.
Late last year, she was told she needed a second operation to prevent a massive stroke and was initially faced with medical costs of more than of $50,000 - a price well out of reach for her and her family.
As in 2009, she turned to friends and family who began to raise money towards the operation costs.
But on Christmas Eve she was given the good news that a specialist at Prince of Wales Hospital would do the surgery for free.
Keen to pass on the goodwill extended to her in the past, Ms Hall has decided to give the money that has already been donated to her 11-year-old neighbour, Connor, who needs an urgent operation to remove a brain tumour.
"Me and Connor have always got along because I was diagnosed when I was his age, so I had the same sort of childhood that he's having.
"So, the minute they said we wouldn't have to pay, I said I wanted him to have the money," Ms Hall said. "He needs it more than I do now."
Ms Hall said she was keen to show her children, Maddison, 18 months, and Mark, 3, the value of giving to those less fortunate.
"I think everyone should help someone in need if they can," she said.
"When I was younger, everyone did the same thing for me by raising money for me to get a wheelchair, and I want to show my kids that they can do the same thing."
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