THE POWER OF COMMUNITY!
We asked you to help us make a ruckus, so a dying man could get home to his wife. This is the story of how you came through and together we managed to get the attention of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Way to go, crew, way to go!
Never Underestimate the power of:
Thank you so much for your encouragement, support and help! It takes a village and we couldn’t have made an impact without you. We’re beaming with gratitude!
Progress has been made but, we’re not done yet…not until Mark has a supply of medication in hand and a guarantee of more on the way. We’ll continue to follow up with Mark and keep you in the loop.
UPDATE: Best News Ever!!!
September 2020 Update from Mark.
No More Lemons Please
2020 has been one helluva year. Sort of like a horse pill stuck in the back of my throat. Not terrible enough to need the Heimlich maneuver, just enough to make me want to drink until it goes away.
I am so very thankful for all the good that has come our way and the opportunities we’ve been given. But the good stuff doesn’t make the hard stuff any less difficult. Seems everyone I know is feeling this way.
I have hope we’ll see the other side of this pandemic and all the chaos it has brought with it. One day it will be but a distant memory. Until then, we take it one day at a time, lean on each other, and make lemonade where we can.
But seriously world, no more lemons.
it is SEPT. 13,2021 andd i just saw both of your videos concerning marks condition and your 2 day follow up, and I have to ask – How has he fared in this past year? Is he still alive and well? Thhanks, just concerned and curious. (These emails posts are not dated and hard to discern which contain current news!)
They just mentioned him in a current video! He’s doing great – Astra Zeneca is supplying his meds and he’s finally sold Millennium so should be reunited with his family by now.
Thanks for asking!
Samuel K. Tennis
Make Lemon Beer!
Hey Nikki & Jason,
What a way to use use your influence and advocacy to bring this story to life! Your humanity is touching so many. Thank you for being who you are!
Wow! What an inspiring story…
If Mark and his wife would like to return to Millennium next year and continue their adventure I’d happily pay his monthly medical expenses to share the adventure with them. There is a catch though – I come with a wife and two children under 3! 😜👌
you guys are just plain awesome. I shared the story with my sister who live in Jeffries bay running Mpendulo savings. They all know of Mark there, he is well known among the sailing community. Best of everything to all of you.
Your stories are like sewing a quilt – every story “square” has a different theme and meaning and this one was extremely emotional. It’s a human story, and you 2 are genuine and wise. We’ll all get through these times, and you’ll look back and be grateful that you made a positive difference. When bad things happen, I always say, well at least we are making memories and building character. I know it’s difficult, but keep on smiling…..
Although not mentioned, I would assume that the airlines can still bring medical supplies in whenever needed, so I guess Mark can get his meds delivered right there after he gets the Doc’s prescription.
Thank you for the wonderful videos. Have been watching your adventures as a weekly escape for some time now, but your videos of Mark’s story and his positive attitude during this epic struggle are awesome. Glad you where able to make a difference in this inspirational man’s life. We are hoping you will back onboard soon, and are looking forward to the next weeks adventures.
Not hope you read this! So Mark can find financial help. Goto Cancer.org. You will find a listing of charitable philanthropic organizations around the world that helps individuals find funding for all facets of Cancer Care. As a former Nurse Case Management specialist. I have found thousands of people funding or free services for their treatment needs.It’s available but hard to wade through the system.
Damn spell check!
Thank you! I will check it out.
During these times of struggle, etc. , keeping a positive attitude, Showing love, being there when friends, strangers, family need us. Going through it with them, showing support. Helping where and how we can. This is the Secret to Life ! Anyone out there want to feel good, better. Do something for others. Living the Dream!
Blessings to you, and prayers
Thank you! 😘
Lee (oakham UK)
Keep your chins up guys, this is such a difficult time for so many of us. COVID has forced the world to stop and think about what is important, we will come out the other side hopefully with a different perspective. Look after and look out for each other.
Sailing Catamaran Escape
Tell Mark to have a look at mycancerstory.rocks by Joe Timmins. Its worth a read. All the best
I’m so glad to have been one of the people who reached out to Astra Zeneca on Mark’s behalf. As a retired nurse, I am well aware of the irritations that dealing with insurance companies can produce. But there are is strength in numbers, apparently, and no company wants to get the bad rep of being uncaring – especially brought out publicaly. I hope the fuss we all caused helps Mark get his meds!
Thank you Judy. Things are looking promising.
Carl H. Gregory
I saw the previous video that you posted concerning mark and was moved to join the movement to get Astra Zeneca to assist him with the medicine that he needs to continue living. I shared your post to the thousands of Teamsters who follow my Facebook page American Sanity. I personally do not have the means to contribute the kind of money necessary to pass for the costs of the needed medication. I do hope that my little contribution of time was helpful.
I wish you all the best brother and may you continue sailing the seas spreading brotherly love and cheer whatever the wind blows for many, many, years more. Don’t be a stranger and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Thank you for spreading the word and helping the cause!
Thank You! I am not a “commenter” preferring to ..lurk in the background. But.. you have become a part of my .. community. And you have given me reason to reflect on what that means. A Community is individuals. Diverse, different, separate individuals. Differing sometimes opposing views, backgrounds, beliefs. Sometimes we don’t agree. Individuals, limited in our power to bring change or to effect the world outside our own spheres.
Until we become a community . As a community our power to effect the lives of other individuals is magnified many many times. Even in unintended ways sometimes. You are examples of that.
I doubt that you listed saving lives as a goal when you were weighing the risks and benefits of going on the road full rime and committing to sharing your lives with all of us. But consider what the community has done. How many unknown influences, possibly unintended, but just as real, just as profound. What have we wrought. 😁
Thank You, Niki and Jason
And everyone like you.
I totally understand. I am not always a commenter myself. Thank you for coming out of the shadows to leave a word of encouragement.
You are correct, we set off for purely selfish reasons, unclear of where the adventure would lead. Our souls were filled with curiosity and as we have learned; curiosity is the key to softening our assumptions of what is possible and embracing the unknown.
Glad to hear the great news for Mark!!! On to your next adventures and humanitarian accomplishments! I’m sure there will be many more from you two!! Just keep up your positive spirits and soon you’ll reunite with Curiosity! 🙂
Inspirational and Amazing Story you are living!! ROCKSTARS you all ARE~ So grateful for Marks sake as well! Keep your chins up and keep looking up to the horizon and beyond~ on!! <3 2 <3
All the best Mark, stay positive!
I tried to leave a tip in the ‘Tip Jar’ and received an error message and thought you’d want to know! I’ll keep trying and if you can let me know when the error is corrected. Fair winds …
Tip jar seems to be working. Want to tell us what the error message is or just try again?
I waited for a while and came back to the tipjar and found it working as before, so all is well. I don’t remember what the error message was so can’t inform better.
Good to hear. Computers/internet can be so frustrating and intermittent sometimes, right??
You two should have “Angel Wings on” you meet this lovely gentlemen and you go off with him and other crew members and then we find out he has 6 months to live and no medication to last that long and no way he can pay for it . You get all your followers , me included to send messages to the company that makes the drug and they are willing to help if he gets a scan and bloodwork done at the back of the island. You two go with him to his port of call to get all the medical stuff done and now we wait and we what the results are. All along you two are desperately trying to find a way to get to your home away from home , “Curiosity” and you can’t We thankyou for letting us tag along, and makes us proud that you are doing what you can to help him get back home, but get the drugs he needs now to survive Jason , Nikki, Thank you !!!
Just wanted to let you know I’m praying for you. Not at all trying to sound preachy; forgive me if I do. Blessings to you both for joy, for provision, for travel back to your home and blessings to Mark. Clearly, you have been that for him and he for you.
Human interest stories are about people, what they do, where they go, how they do it. They can be entertaining, inspiring, emotional, educational, adventurous and they can resonate with parts of our humanity that has empathy for others and offers help in times of need. People need love, hope and opportunity. Sure i have watched all of your videos since the beginning when i wanted to learn about RV life. Then slowly felt that The Wynns just being real was also educational to my desire to be more than entertained. I wanted to know them not only in their glory happy moments but also in the unhappy times to see how they navigate through that as well. The addition of Mark into the adventure has brought out who the Wynns are as people who face life changing decisions that involve strangers. The cost of being vulnerable and open to people we do not know who may need our help has risks but the cost of isolating from humanity and ll of the problems has greater risks in as much as we may lose empathy. Sure i like vicarious situations like watching the Wynns helping Mark but my hope is that i can be more like them by being a adventurer into helping others also. Thanks for those who have given the Wynns this platform. You are part of the solution.
That is a beautiful sentiment and compliment. 💕 A perfect reminder of why we share, thank you.
I forwarded your videos concerning Mark Paarman to a family friend of the Paarman family, who now resides in the US, and he was able to contact the top brass at AstraZeneca last week which may have kick-started their response.
I do have more details if wanted.
Thanks for your message and video. I wish the best for Mark. I sense strong positive vibes and I have a good, strong feeling that Mark will get what he needs.
I know that the two of you and Curiosity will be okay too. Pertaining to Curiosity and Mark, do Gods will, be of service as you always do and are and stay out of the results today. Tomorrow is another day.
YOU ARE SUCH AWESOME PEOPLE!!! It’s amazing what you’ve been able to do with your reach. Don’t fear, you too will be blessed. I know how hard it must be during this upside down world and look what you did anyway. A life changing experience. Along with swimming with whales. I just re-watched that. I’m sure you will be rewarded for your patience and I pray you will get back to Curiosity soon. I look forward to your videos every week and send my love and prayers for Mark and for you. You did good kids. I’m not crying, you’re crying. Let’s really be in this together, ok?
Thank you for what you do and what you did for Mark. Remember all of this world problems we are all going though and it’s together and ain’t nothin but a thing.
Mate we are glad that we could play some small part in helping Mark there are not enough Good people on this world but you guys Nikki and Jason were meant to be there to Help Mark, And thank for all you have done for Mark .
Vinaka to you guy’s
All our love from Australia.
You couldn’t have done it better. Amazing!!! You have touched so many people’s and animal’s lives and made such a difference. You are such an inspiration. Thanks so much. I really enjoy all your videos and you have been a big help to me on outfitting my RV. Thanks. I always look forward to your weekly video. Wishing you a Great Day and many more.
You have been placed where you are for a reason. Whether you believe or not God holds you. The wonderful things you’ve done for so many people and animals would not have been possible but for this stupid situation we are all in. If you can, take comfort in that. There is more for you to do and you will get back to your boat/home. When the time is right. So take heart and as a local dj here in the Dallas area used to say…”Keep looking up, cause that’s where it all is.” Blessings to you and to Mark too.
Great job spotlighting Mark’s story!
Congratulations on your efforts and skill. You are both making such a positive contribution. Thank you.
I’m glad you exist. ❤️
You are are awesome! You are very special people,
Much love to the WYNNS AND MARK, its a wonderful gift that you all share. This is the 1st thing I watched to start my week after a few days of time out. These are truly difficult times but Karma will find its way of returning all the joy that you are bringing to so many others.
Note: a Rand is around 6 cents. 50K rand is around 3000 dollars.
Ooph. That one got me. I don’t know what I would do if I were not well and could not be with my sweetie. The frustrating thing is that even criminals get released from jail for compassion reasons if they are terminally ill. I can’t believe something can’t be done to reunite Mark and his wife. The medication situation is one thing but given the circumstances, Mark and his wife should be reunited. I realize if the authorities do it for one, they must do it for many. Just seems so odd to me something can’t be done. Anyway …
Thank you for what you’ve done. You guys are not squandering your time on earth, that’s for sure. Was tough for me to see you both get choked up about still not being able to move on with life as you knew it. It is tough for all of us but knowing we’re all in this doesn’t make anyone feel better. I pray restrictions are lifted for you soon.
Well done. Your story telling and humanity are A+
I know you’re terribly home sick for Curiosity, however, it appears you have been assigned some heavenly connections to make 😁 everything in it’s time. Much love
You guys have done the most beautiful thing helping Mark and the little kitten. Despite the covid chaos, you’re out there making a difference and making the world a better place. I hope you’re able to get back to Curiosity soon and that the rest of 2020 goes easier for you both. And good job on the haircut 😉
I have followed you since you were on HGTV looking for your first RV. At the time I thought you guys wouldn’t last at it for 3 years. Obviously, I was wrong. We are part time RVers and have passed you on the road a couple times and even were in the same RV park at one time.
I thought you were crazy when you decided to sail. I was wrong again.
I know it has been a rough time for you guys the last few months. But, because you have chosen to serve others, you have made it a positive experience. I believe you are being led by a higher power and will be blessed immeasurably. I don’t know if you are believers, but God is surely using you. You have inspired me.
Blessings to you both.
I have enjoyed the last few videos more than any you have done.
Awesome story! And, an amazing aspect to consider — entire world is part of the ‘push’ for Mark’s story toward a positive outcome. Thanks to your efforts we can all rejoice.
I’m so very proud of you! I hope Mark gets to live out his dream for many more years!
Thank you for all you do for others, humans and animals alike. You’re so right, everyone has their own story now, thank you for sharing yours, I’m sure your situation is very frustrating and hope it will resolve soon.
I just have to say, you both did an absolutely amazing job of telling Mark’s story! Really professional and very effective story telling. Not everyone can point to a thing in their life and say, I know I really made a difference here for this person. You can hold on to that forever. You made a difference. I hope you feel empowered and find it healing. These are hard times, and I’m sorry you’re so far from your floating home. But you are certainly not alone, and your kind, generous spirits have touched so many in Fiji and all over the world. I’m so glad I stumbled onto your YouTube channel. Love you both. Stay safe!
Ember has captured my thoughts exactly. I could not express the same more eloquently. Well said.
Ember you said it so eloquently for all of us all over the world an even here in little old South Africa sorry our favorite yachties only stayed a short visit to our country but from the video in the Cape we could see you loved it. You two are an amazing example is a world gone mad. Stay the course and you will shortly be reunited with your thoroughly dried out home in Tonga – just love seeing you on Sunday afternoons
Just wanted to let you know I am praying for Mark. I wrote the pharmaceutical company and am encouraged that some progress is being made. Thanks for caring for Mark and allowing me to participate in the situation. Let us know if we can do something else.
Andy & Shelly Potvin
We felt your pain in this video, and cried along with you in the last segment. We’re in a very similar boat (pardon the pun), so I wanted to reach out and tell you about another amazing life you’ve saved—my wife’s. The two of you do more good than you might realize.
Shelly, was diagnosed with a severe, untreatable form of clinical depression. I won’t go into details, but it has a ridiculously high suicide rate, and I was put on suicide watch by her psychiatrist the moment it was diagnosed. No medications worked, and life was bleak. Then I found you two, and things changed. That was about five years ago.
I introduced her to your videos and we have been dedicated viewers from the beginning. Your videos found a way through the armour of her depression and would make her smile where nothing else could. It gave me the idea to try living the life you were advocating, and to take her on the road to experience the adventure and wonder you two were sharing with us. And it worked.
We have been full-time in our RV for three-and-a-half years now, and all traces of the depression have disappeared. Much of that is because you two made an effort to share your lives with strangers. Your adventures, both happy and sad, have saved two lives, one literally.
Please hang in there and know that you have our eternal gratitude for all that you do. Thank you so very much.
That is awesome! I’m so glad that the change in lifestyle has meant a new lease on life for you guys. Safe travels and keep enjoying life!
You are amazing people! There should be more people like both of you in the world, kind and compassionate. I am so happy for Mark that he will be getting some help. He seems like an amazing person also, such a positive spirit. I hope you get back to your boat very soon. You should know that you bring a lot of pleasure to people every week with your adventures and videos. I look forward to them every Sunday. Keep up the good work.
So Cool everything you do, and helping the people whom you are able to help must be so rewarding deep down inside.
Your most heartfelt video and maybe my fav. It has been a tough 2020 and I’m so tired but watching this video and your honesty and Mark’s “keep paddling” approach is a motivation for me. Keep up the great content! Jim H
I have followed you both for years, but have never written. Nikki and Jason, thank you for making a difference in the life of people and animals you meet along your travels. Sometimes it is just a smile and friendly conversation, and other times it is as impactful as cancer medication. I’m sorry you are stranded without your boat. How fortunate for Mark that you were, however! Thank you for always choosing kindness. 💕
You both are such beautiful human beings. I cried as you told us you’re struggling through all of this….and yet you’ve still managed to move mountains for people and a kitty who were all blessed the day they met you. I’m so sorry that you’re having a hard time right now but keep going! Keep staying positive because all of this good is going to come back to you! The world needs you both to keep going! You’re making it better for all of us! Sending you much love and positive energy!!
If you had been back on your beloved boat, none of the miracles you have created would have happened!! Thank you for your resolve! Many blessings for you!!
Congratulations on your achievement helping Mark with his drug supply!
Your videos show very small in a window when done this way and there is no full screen.
You are supposed to be able to click on the little box in the bottom right corner of the window. That should expand it. Since they are basically YouTube videos, you can always see them there. Hope that helps.
Thank you Jason amd Nikki
Your story has been so inspirational. My wife are planning to buy a boat in a couple years and hopefully sail toward Tonga eventually
Hang in there. You will be back to your boat soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys and Mark. God bless you!!!
Even in the difficult times we have all had in 2020, there is so much to be grateful for, so many little things we can all do… that truly make a difference. Sending good wishes for you folks and Mark! One step forward, one day at a time, it’s a good plan👍
Lifes Outcome is HOPE. you helped that take its own path.. Well done.. your Wynns vehicle was a step that made bigger things happen. What is most remarkable is that the vast majority of people would do the same given an empowerment. Well done, Your clean water story was I think, just as big, because its so basic and simple – but its outcome – ” empowerment ” was the great gift the Wynn’s again helped convey. Respects to you both. XX Pete
Nikki and Jason, a great first step to success and hopefully lasting help for Mark. Thanks for putting it in motion and making it possible!
I don’t know about others, but I would like to know in more detail why you can’t get back to Tonga at this time. Is Tonga still locked up to the world right now? I am currently in Germany and we can move freely within Europe and beyond. There are travel warnings in place regarding travel to certain countries like the USA, Spain, parts of Turkey and numerous countries outside the EU, but no travel restrictions or outright ban. For those who return from a “risk country”, there is mandatory testing at the port of entry and quarantine until the result is known.
The Tongan border is still closed to non-residents, and they have only just begun a program to repatriate their own citizens who have been stranded outside the country. Tonga just doesn’t have the medical resources to deal with a pandemic and so are being extra-cautious to prevent any outbreaks. Even in countries like Australia & New Zealand which had the outbreak under control, opening their borders has brought a resurgence of cases and they’ve had to re-impose restrictions. Tonga is watching these other countries and has apparently decided that the risk is too great at the moment.
Curiosity killed the cat
Australia has not reopened its borders we are still not allowed to travel outside Australia nor are visitors allowed in
You are correct & I apologize! I was thinking “relaxation of restrictions” and something entirely different came out. I must not have had enough coffee. ;o)
Wow! Amazing how we made a little difference in the world! Thanks to AstraZeneca but wow — it really happened! Glad we made some waves for Mark, and not just waves for surfing! 🏄🏼♂️🏄🏼♂️😊 Hope your next adventures are happy! Can’t wait to see what’s next. Hoping one day soon you’ll get home to Curiosity! ⛵️ Till next time… Stay amazing! 🙏💖
God Bless True Humanity- ❤️Thank you Nikki and Jason for sharing the Light in helping Mark. Namaste.
Another great episode … really makes you sit back … think … and appreciate what you have. Enjoy life and all the ocean brings you. You guys will get back to Tonga in due time. Many adventures between now and then!
Question: When you were RVing and you put in a composting toilet, did you like it as much as you thought you would or was it more hassle?
They liked it so much that 2 of the 3 toilets aboard Curiosity are composting toilets. It is a bit more of a hassle of course but the ability to extend their boondocking time was worth it. You’ll have to decide if the extra hassle is worth the benefits for yourself, and don’t forget that there’s a whole section on the blog about composting toilets. The scoop on p**p!
Sending you so much love and big beautiful hugs. Holding you, holding Mark, holding our world in Light and highest good and best outcome.
Please know that the work you do has been helping people who need some positivity and inspiration, even before the 2020 disaster struck. Thank you! I hope you can continue to inspire, entertain, and support your community for many more years.
Best wishes to Mark. Liked your last video, the music and especially the birds chirping happily in the background near the end of your video. I will try to stay positive and keep a good outlook on things. Thanks for giving Sundays more meaningful to me
You are a lovely couple. Been following you, from South Africa, for about 18 months now. Your “mission” seems to have been God sent, to somehow be in the right place at the right time, so that you can help other people (and animals) who need your help. Keep up the great adventure, work and videos. Looking forward to seeing you back on your own boat. Thanks !
This was a good one. Mark is an extraordinary man & I’m praying everything goes in his favor. I’m sorry you can’t get back to your home yet, I got teary hearing that. It’s true, everyone has there own story, but you handle everything with grace & calm. Keep staying safe, you’re videos are a bright spot in this otherwise shitty year. Pardon my French. Love you guys.❤️
You guys are amazing! I’ve been following you since 2012 and I can just “feel” your sincerity and overwhelming compassion more so since you’ve met Mark.
I feel for you guys being away from your home. We are practicing social distancing but at least we are still in our RV. Here’s hoping you get to go home soon.
Keep On Keepin On!
You both are awesome. The beautiful adventurous videos you put together are 2nd to none. Taking us along on your venture to make a difference is always inspiring. What you have done with Paul is so special, he seems like such a unique person to have entered your lives, love the whole story and what you did to help was no surprise as you both cruse through lives, yours, the people you meet and us around the world who get to live vicariously through your hard work producing these Sunday morning videos that I see so many of us look forward too. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.
You guys are amazing for rallying the troops for this cause. In the middle of this crazy time, we need a glimmer of humanity and I appreciate your hearts so very much. It is humbling to remember that whatever we are going through, there is another person in tougher circumstances, shedding light on just how fortunate we are. Thank you❤️
Life is all about loving and caring for other’s , God bless you all 😇
Thanks for the update. Great job and Good news in the making! Praying for a very successful outcome. God is using you in a mighty way. Blessing and safety to you all and “keep paddlin’ out”. We are with you.
Wow, blown away! Your last two videos were amazing…you two are amazing! Thanks for all you do
Fellow Texan here. The videos y’all post are an escape for many who cannot leave their reality. It is taxing and unsettling when what we plan and hope to do is changed by things that are out of our control. I’ve been a first responder for almost 20 years now, and have unfortunately been there when many people of all ages have breathe their last breath. It taught me to seize each day because we never know what tomorrow or even this afternoon has in store. Each trial makes us stronger if we choose to learn from it. As many Christian authors say, “it’s the battle of mindset”. We do our best to help each other and be a blessing but in the end I rest in what Jesus said, “take heart, for I have overcome the world….” the big battle is Jesus’ and He won, so it’s my job to be a light in darkness. The same as you both are to the many who cannot escape their current situations due to the virus or any number of reasons. There’s a reason Brodie from YBS Youngblood’s has such a huge following and his channel has blown up during COVID, escape.
Thank You for what you have done.