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Helping David O'Neil

Helping David O'Neil

“It’s never all over red rover- until the fights finished or the fat lady sings. My number hasn’t come up yet." - David O'Neil

My name is Dave, and my story begins working on the railroad tracks in Pilbara, north West of Western Australia.

In those days we were outside all day in the hot sun. There was no “slip-slop-slap” and our air-conditioner was a “2-by-60”; two windows down, driving at 60kph.

In January 2018 I was diagnosed with a skin cancer; squamous cell carcinoma. Usually they are slow growing, but mine grew so rapidly that major surgery was required- to remove the parotid gland, lymph nodes and cancer.

My partner Jackie and I relocated to Tasmania at this time and thirty Radiation treatments were administered from the Royal Hobart Hospital Holman clinic.

Since then I have undergone forty-three Hyberbarics and fifty Radiation treatments with limited success. The cancer is very aggressive.

In November 2019 Dr Wuttke recommended immunology treatment with Nivolumab every fortnight. Six rounds in, this treatment has shown positive results.

Unfortunately, the cost of my treatment is not covered by the PBS. Each infusion costs $3,171.50 per fortnight. Until now, we have have been paying this ourselves using savings and a bank loan but our funds are now exhausted. 

In order to continue receiving this treatment, we are asking for your help.

The patient care I have experienced by the medical professionals at the Hobart Royal Hospital in the past two years has been first class.

I hope to attend my sons’ wedding this year. For now I keep busy with the chooks and housework, and make the most of each day.

Thankyou for your kindness
-Dave


Frank
(1 days ago)
Best of luck!
$250
Anonymous
(3 days ago)
$50
Jenny and Stephen Cullen
(5 days ago)
Wish you all the best Dave xoxox
$150
Jacqui C and Cameron W
(9 days ago)
Xoxo
$50
Emily Spence
(9 days ago)
All the best to you and the family Dave 🥰
$15
Anonymous
(9 days ago)
$50
Luke
(10 days ago)
I hope you get well Dave
$25
Eilidh MacMaster
(10 days ago)
Good luck and best wishes to you both.
$30
James
(11 days ago)
$200
Anonymous
(11 days ago)
$30
Anonymous
(11 days ago)
$5
Sean Stacey jesse
(12 days ago)
Get well dave
$50
Anonymous
(12 days ago)
$500
Carmel Leary
(12 days ago)
Xoxoxo
$200
Anonymous
(12 days ago)
$120
Vicky Aliivaa
(12 days ago)
We wish you a speedy recovery Dave xx
$200
Chris Cullen
(12 days ago)
Dave Hoping for Your Speedy Recovery
$200
Kate & Richard Vines
(12 days ago)
With our very best wishes.
$250
Category: Patient
Tags: Dave, David, Future SCC Patients, O'Neil, Rural community, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Working outback,
$2,375
raised of $60,000 Goal
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