Justine's Grand Tour
Justine and her family could use our support to tour the country and make memories.Wellington
Those that know Justine know she is a much-loved 39-year-old mother to six-year-old Madeline, wife to Dominic, daughter, sister, friend and work-mate.
Sadly Justine was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Stage 4 colorectal cancer in March 2020.
Since her diagnosis, and during COVID-19 lockdown and associated level changes, Justine has put her all into her fight against her cancer through New Zealand's publicly-funded options. She's faced a range of surgeries, treatments, and long lonely hospital stays to battle the cancer and its spread. As a reaction to her different treatments, Justine's had to spend a lot of time recovering — with much more time in bed and away from her loved ones than she'd like.
Within the last week Justine and Dominic have had to make a heart-breaking decision to stop Justine's treatments following a prognosis that's sadly confirmed the ongoing and unstoppable spread of her cancer.
Instead, Justine and Dominic want to shift their focus to their family, so that Justine can be as well and comfortable as possible to get out and see as many places and people as she is able to. At the very least Justine would like to head back to Akaroa with Dominic and Madeline.
To help ease their financial situation, we thought sharing Justine's story with her extended family, friend and community network could help.
We want Justine to be supported to travel on a Grand Tour — with any additional funds expected to allow her family to spend as much quality time together as they can.
Patrick Tuapola's involvement (page creator)
Justine is my sister-in-law — I'm Dominic's brother and Madeline's uncle. Justine's family and friends want to support Justine and her family in any way we can.
Use of funds
Funds will be used to allow Justine, Dominic and Madeline to travel to a few places around New Zealand. Any additional funds raised will be used to support Justine and her family so they can focus on spending quality time together.
I'm really sorry to have to update this page to let everyone know that Justine was taken from us on Sunday 4 October 2020.
She had her close loved ones with her as she left, and wasn't in pain. We'll all miss her terribly.
Those close to Justine expected she'd have more time with Madeline and Dominic, and a chance to head back home down south. We now know that sadly wasn't to be, despite our hopes. Funds raised through this page will instead be used to give Justine the send-off she would have wanted. It's a shorter and sadder tour, but no less important.
I also wanted to acknowledge all the contributors to this fund. After the fundraiser opened, I know that Justine watched and noticed your contributions and comments. As more and more came in, she was genuinely surprised and overwhelmed by everyone's kindness and generosity. You should all feel proud that she was able to feel celebrated while she could appreciate it. We're so grateful for that.
I also wanted to confirm with contributors to the page that Dominic will become the beneficiary of the funds this page has raised and that I will keep the page open for a bit longer.
Apart from giving Justine the send-off she had asked for, funds will be put toward maintaining as much stability for Dominic and Madeline as possible.
With Justine's family now down to Dominic's single apprenticeship income, I know they could use the help to stay in their home for as long as possible, so Madeline can at least see out the school year where she is while they come to terms will the changes in their life.
Thanks again to everyone who has helped so far, it's heartening to know just how good our community is when something as terrible as this happens.
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This page was created on 26 Sep 2020 and closes on 30 Nov 2020.