THE Sunshine Coast's renowned community spirit is on display again as people rally to raise funds to help send a Sippy Downs woman overseas for life-saving treatment.
Shekinah Yammmacoona has cancer in her lymph nodes, chronic fatigue syndrome and a virtually non-existent immune system, and is seeking to travel to Germany for treatment from integrative oncologist Professor Alexander Herzog.
A fundraising concert organised by Renate Burnell, who hosts the German program on 104.9 Sunshine FM, will be held at the Caloundra Powerboat Club from 2pm on Sunday, November 4.
Renate said the concert would include music from all over the world.
"We've got a whole range of different people," she said.
"It's going to be a wonderful afternoon and it's for a worthy cause."
Renate said the campaign target for the trip was $25,000.
Shekinah's major health problems began when she was diagnosed with cancer last year and her thyroid was removed.
She said that since the operation, her body "doesn't function".
"My body just has muscle twitches and shakes, even just talking," Shekinah said.
"Everything has gone wrong, and the hospitals in Nambour and Brisbane say they've never seen anything like it."
The 56-year-old said her immune system had not worked properly for 21 years.
"Having the cancer operation on top of it, things went so wrong that nobody actually knows what happened to me," she said.
Before her condition be
come so debilitating, Shekinah was writing an autobiography and was a talented painter.
"I can't even read for more than half an hour," she said.
"I start shaking and getting dizzy."
But Shekinah intends to make a mighty effort to be at the fundraising concert.
"I might not be able to be there all the time - usually, I disappear and lie down in the car," she said.
" I get dizzy in rooms with a lot of people.
"In some ways, I'm very embarrassed and don't like people helping me at all - I'm not that person - and in some other way it keeps me living."
Shekinah's striking original paintings are for sale and have also been reproduced as postcards and canvas prints to help raise money for her treatment. See invisiblereflection.com for details.
What: Fundraising concert, featuring Shades of Green, Top Shelf, Gypsy Fire, German Alpenglocken (alpine bells) and more
Where: Caloundra Powerboat Club
When: Sunday, November 4, from 2pm.
Cost: $10 each