Help Sam have incredible experiences and make amazing memories

$24,261 donated
Given by 199 generous donors in 5 weeks

Raising money for Sam to work through his bucket list while he is still well enough after stopping treatment for leukaemia.


Many of you will know Sam – super nice guy, always cheerful and hard working.

Since 2019 Sam has battled a rare Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) which spread to his lungs. He had some ribs and part of his lungs removed & a year of intensive chemo and radiotherapy. Despite this Sam made great progress, working part time and starting his own business.

In December 2021 Sam got very sick and was diagnosed with a second cancer, AML (Leukaemia). It is exceptionally rare to get both cancers and very difficult to treat.

It’s been a rough few months for Sam. He developed pneumonia and septic shock, spent Christmas ventilated in a coma in ICU then a week in HDU learning to breathe again along with countless transfusions, painful biopsies and ongoing chemo.

Sam’s Haematology team have told him his survival rate for a bone marrow transplant is 5% so he has made the decision to stop any further treatment.

They estimate he has anywhere from 3 to 12 months left.

Sam has a bucket list of adventures and experiences and he’d like to tick off as many as possible but time is running out to do it while he is still well enough.

Many people have asked how they can help so we would like to suggest they can contribute here for Sam to create some amazing memories.

Any contribution is appreciated - even if it's a couple of dollars.

It's not easy to ask but we want to help Sam enjoy as much time left as possible.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this along with all your contributions and wishes.

Allen Hogg's involvement (page creator)

Sam's uncle - on behalf of the family

Use of funds

Travel and adventures for Sam to have some incredible experiences and make amazing memories in the short time he has left.

Any leftover funds will be donated to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

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Latest update

A Massive Thank You!  25 April 2022

Posted by: Sam Ellis

Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your donations. I have honestly been blown away by how generous everyone has been. I can't wait to get out of hospital to start ticking off the bucket list.

I can't figure out how to add a video to the page 👴🏻👴🏻 but the following link is a thank you video from me. Once again thank you all for your amazing generosity.

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Latest donations

Marie 26 mins ago
Love Marie, River and Haylee
Nicole 11 hours ago
Would have loved to give more but hope this helps with the bucket list. Go hard!!
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