AN INSPIRATION: Graeme Huther is inspired by his daughter Melinda, who not only gives some of the best customer service in town, but also undergone a life-changing brain surgery.
AN INSPIRATION: Graeme Huther is inspired by his daughter Melinda, who not only gives some of the best customer service in town, but also undergone a life-changing brain surgery. Contributed

Melinda Huther, an inspiration to her family and friends

MOST parents hope to inspire their children. For Graeme Huther though, it is the other way around - his daughter amazes him constantly.

To many, Melinda Huther is the friendly employee at Best and Less who loves to sell "enviro bags".

But to Mr Huther, she is a battler, a tough young woman who never gives up.

When she was 15, Melinda was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Mr Huther said they were told by doctors it "would not be an easy road".

The surgery, which took more than six hours to remove the tumour, weakened her entire right side.

"Whenever I come home thinking I've had a bad day, I think about what my daughter has to go through every day ... yet she still absolutely loves life. I think of what she went through and where she is now inspires me to go that extra mile," the father-of-two said.

"She could quite easily sit at home, do nothing, go on the disability pension, but she loves going to work," he said.

"A lot of people would probably curl in a ball and feel sorry for themselves, but she wanted to do more."

He shared a photo of his 22-year-old daughter on The Observer's Facebook page, in response to a post asking people to share a photo of someone who inspires you.

It prompted several comments, from friends and residents who did not even know Melinda personally.

"Such a beautiful girl, she puts a smile on my face and in my heart whenever I get to chat with her at B&L (Best and Less) and my daughter thinks she rocks," Sarah Nancarrow said.



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