Main image

Musician dDub (Derek Browne) has end stage cancer and needs help

Cause page created in the Health category by Sue Bowie for Veronica Herber

  • $43,315.00 donated
  • 414 generous donors

Derek(dDub) is an inspirational soul who deserves to continue making people happy with his music, & enjoying the love of family & friends.

Main image

Derek (dDub) Browne was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in November 2018. Only a couple of months earlier he was fully fit and able to climb trees in his work as an arborist. He became suddenly ill with a sore lower back and fatigue and lost 14 kgs in three weeks. A bone biopsy confirmed metastasised prostate cancer. Because he is young (48), it is a particularly nasty fast-spreading disease and for now is only being controlled by hormone therapy drugs.

Derek is the lead singer/founder of the band dDub. For 15 years dDub toured NZ extensively and played over 56 gigs in one year alone. They put out two successful albums, selling over 10,000 copies and played to audiences ranging from 150 to 25,000 people at festivals such as Womad and Rhythm and Vines. His music has given so much pleasure to thousands of people and now we are asking for help to extend Derek’s life for as long as we can.

Derek's wife, Veronica, is caring for him full-time. This means neither are able to work and they are living off the kindness of friends and family.

If he is strong enough over the next few months we will send him to the Tokyo Clinic in Southern Tohoku Hospital for immunotherapy treatment. If he doesn’t recover his strength, then we hope to give him the best of life possible, some joy and to ease the financial stress. We are asking for help to cover the medical and associated costs.

Use of Funds:

Any money raised will go towards medical expenses, overseas hospital travel and ongoing living costs. This will help to make Derek’s life as comfortable as possible and ease the financial stress on both he and Veronica.

Page created by:

Sue Bowie


Veronica and I have been friends since we were 11. She made a winning choice when she married Derek Browne - talented front man of the Auckland-based band dDub and all round superbly kind gentleman. I love and admire them so much that I want to help give Derek the best possible chance to get well. I hope we can raise enough money to get him the treatment he needs and to sustain them for the next while so that they can focus on the journey they have ahead.

All funds raised benefit:

Veronica Herber


Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Derek Browne and Veronica Herber.

“Thinking of you both and wishing you love and peace.”
“With love.”
“Kia Kaha lovely Derek.”
“Love you two xv”
“Enjoy special whānau time with the time you have left x”
“Aroha to you Derek and Veronica at this difficult time. We're thinking of you and wishing the best. So sorry to hear about your situation. Your music has meant so much to many many people. What talent. You're an inspiration. Kia kaha And much love David and Lisa”
“Your music provided the soundtrack to many a fun night out in Auckland.”
“Thinking of you and sending best wishes.”
“Our prayers are with you brother.”
“All the best over the coming months. Ali’s Mum is on Immunatherapy right now in England.”
  • $43,315.00 donated
  • 414 generous donors

$43,315 donated


  Donate now   Add to plan

This cause page was created on 24 Feb 2019 and closes at 23:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 24 Feb 2020.

Donor Confidence Key  

  • Givealittle moderated
  • Donor validated
  • New Zealand registered charity
  • Eligible for tax credit

Concerned? Report this page

The link has been copied


Donor Confidence Key

Givealittle moderation

Givealittle values the importance of an informed decision when making a donation. We check to make sure that adequate information is provided to donors and that pages comply with our terms and conditions. Pages are not browseable nor searchable until moderated and donor validated. For more information, check out this support article.

Donor validation

A page becomes donor validated when it receives donations from at least three different sources. Pages are not browseable nor searchable until moderated and donor validated. For more information, check out this support article.

New Zealand registered charity

Is registered with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Charity Services (formerly Charities Commission) as a charity.

Tax credit eligibility

Has been granted 'donee status' by Inland Revenue (IRD). Donors to a page with tax credit eligibility may be able to apply for a tax credit.