INSPIRATIONAL mum Melanie O’Neill is taking her fight to beat breast cancer to South America.

The mum-of-two, who runs O’Neill’s Hair and Beauty, on Warrington Road, jetted to Brazil last week to see a spiritual healer after being told chemotherapy is not going to cure her inflammatory breast cancer.

The 38-year-old has been offered an operation in February to try and remove the cancer which is trapped in her skin but there is no guarantee it will work and it could cause the cancer to spread.

But glowing with positivity, our regular Warrington Guardian blogger flew to Brasilia in the hope of finding a cure.

Mel, who runs the Penketh salon with husband Carl, said: “With the position I’m in, I feel like I’ve got to take a risk.

“You’re not allowed out of the village as it’s all about rest and meditation so I will be taking lots of books and switching off for two weeks.

“I’ve had massive highs and lows but I just have to keep trying and find a cure as I don’t believe there isn’t one.”

Mel was diagnosed in spring 2011 and has tried a number of alternative therapies over the last 12 months to beat her cancer.

She will be meeting John of God in Abadiania during her two week stay who sees 1,000 people a day and is reported to have cured many.

Mel added: “He has appeared on Oprah and famous life coach Wayne Dyer has claimed to have been cured by him “He’s cured the blind and helped people in wheelchairs walk and I know it sounds bonkers but I’ve done my research.

“There have been people who haven’t been cured but they have a much better quality of life afterwards.

“I don’t want to get my hopes up so I’m going for the experience but I have got a lot of faith in it.”

Mel has organised another Rainbow Ball on March 9 after last year’s success.

The event starts at 7pm at the Stobart Stadium and a limited number of tickets are still available.

Donations of raffle prizes would also be welcome.