She’s taken on some of the biggest battles life can throw at her, including having half her brain removed to stop life-threatening seizures, so skydiving should be a walk in the park for Karley Miller.
But the young photographer admits she is nervous.
Karley is aiming to raise $5000 in five weeks for Epilepsy Action Australia, of which Karley is a Youth Ambassador.
At the height of her fundraising efforts will be a skydive on September 12 in Walgett with family friend Kylie McKenzie.
“Kylie’s afraid of flying so I said, why not? I’ll do it with her if that helps her to get over her fears,” Karley said.
“She’s afraid of flying but I know she’s very excited as well, she dragged me into it so I’m pretty sure she will be fine, if she needs someone there.
“I’m excited and nervous at the same time but it will be something that is a once in a lifetime experience.”
Kylie, who met the Miller family while her son Xander and Karley were both in Westmead Children’s Hospital, has also commenced raising funds for the charity.
“She’s not only my friend, I also count her as family and little Xander, he’s like a little brother to me, I love him,” Karley said.
The skydive will also almost coincide with her three year “hemiversary” on September 22.
In 2015, Karley underwent a hemispherectomy to stop seizures due to Sturge-Weber syndrome.
“Everything that has happened to me and I know that there are people living out there with epilepsy, that are like me,” Karley said.
“I just want to give back and help others.”
Since then she has been seizure free, is no longer on medication and has started up a photography business.
“I could see a change,” she said.
If you would like to help, visit www.everydayhero.com/au/ and search Karley.
“I wouldn’t picture myself actually skydiving three years ago, I wouldn’t do it but I’ve been through a lot worse and I have come out the other end and I’m just living life,” she said.
“Why not celebrate my nearly three year hemiversary by jumping out of a plane?”