Big rigs made a dream come true
JONO Nitschke's love for trucks kept his mind off a tough battle against Leukaemia.
And on the weekend his dream of having trucks in his wedding became a reality.
The Dysart farmer, 21, who has just been taken off the remission list after being diagnosed in 2002, and his wife Becky celebrated their wedding at the Rockhampton Heritage Village with four of his father's blue Kenworth trucks.
Jono was diagnosed with Leukaemia in year 9 when he was boarding at St Brendan's College in Yeppoon.
The young football player was sent home to Rockhampton for the weekend after feeling ill all day at school.
He had blood tests on Sunday and the next morning Jonathon and his mum were flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane for Chemotherapy.
“My whole life changed within a day and I then went through two years of treatment.”
In 2007 one of the drugs Jonathon was taking as part of his treatment ate away at his bones and he had a full hip replacement.
During his ordeal Jono, who followed his father's love of trucks, said building model trucks helped keep his mind off things.
And through the Make A Wish Foundation, his wish to build a real Kenworth truck with his dad came true.
“We rebuilt a 1987 Kenworth SAR,” Jonathon said.
When Jono had cancer he was told he wouldn't be able to have children, and now-wife Becky was told the same thing at a young age due to health problems.
But three-and-a-half months ago, a little miracle they named Karly arrived.
“She was a big surprise for us and she's completed our family,” Jonathon said.
Jono and Becky, who have been together for two years, will continue their future together on the family farm at Dysart where they will also carry on helping to run the family truck business Anjolena Enterprises.