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Give a little to James, to help him live a little longer

  • Update 14/5/2021 - Give a little to James, to help him live a little longer     14 May 2021

    Posted by: Givealittle

    Kia ora my friends, family and good people. Due to unforeseen circumstances, these funds are no longer needed for the treatment we were fundraising for, so I am offering you all a refund via Givealittle. Please feel free to accept! To request a refund, please email Givealittle at by 4pm Friday 21st May.

    What the money will be used for otherwise?

    Tasmin and I have reevaluated our main goal with the time we have (yes, we will still get married!). Its been a dream of mine since I was very young to own a home. So we would like to do our best at achieving this!

    This goal means more to me than I originally thought it would. Being a young man with a 1% chance of surviving into his 30s makes you think about life and what you've spent your time doing. I spent my adult life working on this goal of buying a house. working and saving my pennies, then once you've got the house you can then have fun/relax. Cancer quickly stifled this goal and for a long time has had me wondering when I can get back to this goal. As we know, that 'time' won't be coming, I need to accept that this goal will have to be undertaken during my treatments. Just as importantly having a fiance and soon to be wife makes me think of what I will leave behind. Unfortunately as of now it's not much... This doesn't make me feel at ease at all.

    In the finish if this doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. I'm putting it out there for the good people to hear. If you can help in any way this would mean an incredible amount.

    Thank you for reading,

    James & Tasmin

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    • 14/05/2021 by Kimberley

      Our family would love for you to use our donation towards your wedding or new home 🏡

    • 14/05/2021 by Suzi

      Please keep my donation and use it for whatever makes you both happy. ❤

    • 16/05/2021 by Gemma

      Our whānau would love if you spent this money on love, aroha, whatever you call it, whatever that looks like for you 💙❤💜

    • 17/05/2021 by Susan

      Feel free to spend my donation on anything that makes you happy !

  • The wild flower wgtn Fundraiser for James ❤️🌼     14 April 2021

    Posted by: Lucinda Depree
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    The Wild Flower is holding a Charity Raffle for a close friend of the store, James Depree, who for the last 3.5 years has been battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.

    James is only 28 years old and is the most selfless, kind and positive person with a smile that lights up the room. He has recently received the devastating news that his cancer has spread.

    His biggest wish and only goal now is to live a little longer so he can marry his beautiful fiancé Tasmin.

    Please join us in donating and helping to make this happen.

    Charity Raffle Information:

    $10 per ticket

    Tickets can be purchased through the website (add to cart) and in store

    If purchasing through the website, on the cart page you will need to type some characters in the card message box and select either pick up/delivery in order to get through to checkout - just pick a random date 🙂

    Once you have purchased your ticket/s, you will be emailed your individual raffle numbers

    The winning ticket will be drawn on the 1 May and the recipient will be gifted a $200 bouquet

    James needs $100k to receive the treatment he needs. If you would like to read more about his journey and donate directly, please visit his Give a Little page.

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  • Beautifully written piece by Cameron Battley - one of James's friends ❤️     8 April 2021

    Posted by: Lucinda Depree

    My mate had some shit news recently.

    Billie and I met James and his fiancée Tasmin through our dogs on Lyall bay. They quickly became good friends of ours, and probably the first friends we made in Wellington that didn’t have a connection to work.

    Took a couple of months before they told us he had cancer, and that was only because they let slip some good news on the treatment he had been going through at the time. I mean he’s that kind of guy, one of those fellas that laughs and jokes and has good chat, and the whole time never saying a damn thing about going bare knuckle with the reaper every day. That when we’d met him he wasn’t expecting to live out the year. None of that, just the giddy happiness that he wanted to share that things had taken a turn for the better.

    Then... he actually John Wick’d the reaper! He beat it! Stage 4 lymphatic!

    I mean he was in the clear!

    It was gone!

    He looked the reaper in the eye and smiled! While gently cranking up his middle finger! Over the next couple of months he got colour in his face, started getting out and about more, went on holiday with Tas and their dog Quinn. He even helped tile the shower we were putting in. Yup he really is “that” kind of a legend.

    But just like every movie villain, when you think it’s over, the last lines been said, the glasses have been clinked, and the protagonist tired and bruised but definitely not beaten, finally sits down to rest... then... after the celebrating... f***ing THEN... out of the shadows on an X-ray... the f-er came back.

    The real nasty twist tho? James and Tasmin had made plans to get married, they started to make plans for the future, something they had never allowed themselves to do... they had stood by each other and fought the demon and won... If you have a soul you gotta feel it wrench like a cold fist in your gut at that.

    As an even bigger kick in the unmentionables, PHARMAC, the company that controls the therapy James needs to fight the reaper again, won’t fund him for the trial. Apparently his case isn’t “special enough” for trials. So this young couple, who have spent years fighting for the slimmest of hopes with very little income or support, who thought it was over. Finds out it’s not, and the company with the medication won’t subsidise this awesome dude, for a chance to spend the rest of his life with his soon to be wife. I mean, who’s got a spare 100k just kicking around after years of cancer treatments? Am I right?

    I’m pissed off. I’m enraged. But this guy just shrugs his shoulders, laughs, and tries to figure out how he can spend as much time as he can with family and friends, between treatments and recovery from treatments, maybe do some things NOW because there’s a definite limit on how much “later” he has.

    So I’m asking you my friends, to throw the price of a single small luxury in the direction of this “give a little”, for the life of my mate James, who although you haven’t met, is not a stranger.

    Even if you don’t know James, what’s the price of a life? Would you throw down the cost of a pack of smokes? The price of a beer? A bottle of wine?

    I’m sharing this because he’s my mate, because I’d write this for you if I needed to, because there’s no amount too small to give for the life of another human being, if enough people give.

    Each and every one of you that I know are the type of person to pause and help someone up thats down.

    I’m asking you to pause today.

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