Give a quid for a squid - James Depree
James Depree, 25, has Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma and needs help to cope financially while he is unable to work.Wellington
On 16th April 2018, my brother James Depree was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma.
At just 24 years old this was a huge shock to him and everyone around him. He is fit and healthy working by day as a builder and by night as a personal trainer. He is the definition of "It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy" because it ACTUALLY couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
Being Stage 4, this meant that James would now need chemotherapy to heal his body. This also meant he has had to give up his two favorite things - Work and Gym.
He then received 6 months of ABVD chemotherapy all the while living from his savings and a small amount of assistance from Work and Income. He has had the MOST AMAZING attitude throughout his entire treatment.
Unfortunately, he was told that the ABVD chemotherapy hadn't had the desired result and that he would need a further 3 months of much more aggressive chemotherapy. To put it simply, this treatment is called ICE and it is 3 days per treatment in hospital and 3 weeks apart. Once that has been completed he will have a further 6 days in hospital where he will have chemotherapy to reduce his bone marrow to absolutely nothing before putting stem cells into him which will reboot his immune system and with all luck, he will be on the road back to his normal self and life. He will be unable to work for the 8 months following treatment as this chemo is very severe and his body will need to time recover.
As i mentioned, James has been living off the money he has worked so hard to save for his future and over the last 9 months this has been depleted and he deserves and needs help.
My brother has continued to make everyone else smile during this difficult time and hasn't ever asked anyone for anything. He is the most kind, humble, hardworking person i have ever known and it is an honor to call him my brother.
I would like to raise some money for him to live off until he is better and to ease his financial burdens over the coming months so he has no need to worry and doesn't need to rush back into working before his body is ready.
Thank you in advance to anyone that supports James through this horrible time in his life. He is already so grateful to all of his friends and family who continue to support him and he often tells me that he wishes he could repay you all somehow.
Love you James!! A.k.a: Squid (His work allocated name) , Jimmy (His parents allocated name) and Uncle James (His niece and gym families allocated name)
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Lucinda Depree's involvement (page creator)
I am James Depree's sister and I would like to help him raise money while he is receiving treatment for Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma to ease his financial stress while he is recovering.
Use of funds
Funds will be paid to the verified bank account of James Depree to help him cope financially while he is unable to work.
Over the last few days in hospital James has received chemo to kill his bone marrow and he has also been given immunosuppressive drugs to aid in reducing his chances of getting graft vs host disease (GVHD) this is where the new immune system can reject James. GVHD can be very serious so the immunosuppressive drugs help make the new stem cells “drunk”, so that they don’t realise they have been taken out and put into a new body! James tolerated the chemo okay, he definitely felt pretty crappy!
Tasmin is in lockdown with James and is only allowed to see James to reduce his risk of getting any infections.
Debbie and Simon have been amazing with providing food for James and Tasmin as the hospital food at the moment is awful! Poor James! They are also looking the fur baby Quinn!
On Wednesday the 26th James received his new stem cells all the way from Germany. We are forever thankful to the lady in German that donated her cells to James.
Even though James is in hospital he still needs to be exercising to help stop the deterioration of his muscles from spending his days in bed! Currently he is riding 2km every morning (if he doesn’t feel to bad)
Over the next few weeks and months the new cells will engraft into his bones and start making their home and producing new red blood cells and white blood cells. This will take up to 3 weeks and over that time James will be very sick as he has no protection from all the germs! ❤️
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This page was created on 1 Feb 2019 and closes on 30 Jun 2020.