Fight to secure CyberKnife device
ASHLEY Mackinnon might be about to lose his house but that's not slowing his efforts to bring a CyberKnife radiotherapy device to Australia.
And if the Government won't do it, he'll do it himself.
The Wilsons Creek resident has been campaigning to have the high-tech cancer treatment units brought to Australia for years – since he and his late partner Leigh Chapman heard about the machines while fighting to save her from cancer.
Ms Chapman travelled to the US to use the device, removing a series of brain tumours and racking up the medical debt that is now poised to take their family home.
However, she lost her fight, passing away in 2006 after suffering organ failure brought on by her chemotherapy treatments.
Mr Mackinnon is now writing a book about his experiences. The story includes Elvis, actor Patrick Swayze and tornadoes.
“The cancer journey is a bizarre one,” he said. Mr Mackinnon said he wanted to use the book to bring the CyberKnife device to Australia – but after years of banging his head against the Government's brick wall he was going for a more direct method.
If he could sell enough copies, he wanted to use the money raised by the book to buy a CyberKnife device and donate it to a hospital.
“As the Government refuses to act, it is left to the general public, again, to assist those in need,” he said.