Brave Bonnie finds hope in Yeppoon cancer treatment
NIGEL O'Neill is like any father with dreams of walking his daughter down the aisle and one day holding her children.
However at just three years old, his daughter Bonnie was given a 20% chance of surviving for more than five years.
Diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing's Sarcoma, there was never any positive news from the doctors who treated her.
But Nigel, his partner Nicky and their family have never given up hope.
It is this hope that has led Nigel and Bonnie to Yeppoon for an alternative treatment. than what has been offered to them at hospitals.
"When Bonnie was four, the only option given to us from the doctors was a bed in a palliative care unit and radiation therapy," Nigel said.
"There was no %way I was going to just give up on my little girl like that - she was so full of life. I wasn't going to let her waste away in a palliative care ward."
Now nine years %old, Bonnie has defied the odds and arrived in Yeppoon last night from Yamba in New South Wales to undergo treatment with natural health scientist Patricia Saunderson.
"It's very hard to explain the treatment," Nigel said.
"It's basically about giving the body everything it needs to operate at its optimum.
"We've had three, one-week stints prior to this and the results were better than any other treatment we had undergone.
"She was healthy and was able to go back to school.
"Our hope is that with a solid three-month treatment with Patricia, we will be able to get Bonnie's immune system strong enough to fight this off."
However the O'Neill family has had to make a lot of sacrifices in order to treat Bonnie and as such they have felt immense financial pressure.
Making the trip in a car that was generously lent to them by a Yamba friend, Nigel hopes someone can offer them assistance while they are staying in Yeppoon.
"We're really looking for somewhere we can stay cheaply for the three months because money is pretty tight, but it also has to be mould and mildew free as that really affects Bonnie," he said.
If anybody can offer any assistance to Nigel and Bonnie during their time in Yeppoon, please call Nigel on 0410.486.529.
While Ms Saunderson did not wish to comment prior to beginning treatment.
Her website says she treats a range of serious illnesses with vitamins, minerals and essential oils.