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.
RIGHT! I have great news!
I'm a tad behind the 8 ball here but yesterday those neutrophils went up to 0.1and today are 0.2! This means the new stem cells have engraphted and are producing all the cells I need to stay alive!
I have to say I'm surprised and overjoyed at this experience thus far. My last stem cell transplant really had me thinking about the taste of a kumara when you suck on it too hard!
Honestly, this hasn't been without its moments of illness but nothing compared to what I've done already, the lock down also had its challenges but they were overcome with the support I have from Tasmin and family.
It's looking as though I'll be able to get out of here potentially over the weekend, as I've learnt however take things as they come so I'm not holding it to anyone 😂
The goof is my pooch Quinn, I've missed her so much ❤️
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This page was created on 1 Feb 2019 and closed on 30 Jun 2020.