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SAILING THE WORLD WITH ONLY 6 MONTHS TO LIVE

****UPDATE****

WOW, EVERYONE! Together we made one helluva RUCKUS. This video launched on Sunday in the USA and by Wednesday AstraZeneca had been flooded with emails and social posts. The woman in charge of AZ in South Africa reached out to Mark, his wife and his oncologist.
Here is the update video that goes into more depth:  https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/power-of-community
Thank you all for the kind words and sharing Mark’s story…it’s incredible what we can all do together.

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What would you do if you only had 6 months to live?  We’ve tossed that question around as a hypothetical but never while examining our own mortality.

But this pandemic has placed us smack dab in the middle of one man’s incredible journey.  No hypotheticals, just pure inspiration of a refusal to give up on dreams, even in the face of life’s harshest reality.

mark paarman most inspirational man

This is the story of our friend Mark Paarman.

Our friend Mark was given just that, 6 months, at best, of life left to live.

We’ve seen a lot of inspirational, yet bittersweet movies about friendship, family, and having someone you love facing off with a terminal illness.  But we have watched as outsiders…never knowing we would one day have such an intimate relationship with the plot.

jason and nikki wynn with mark paarman most inspirational man on big sailboat

Isn’t It Ironic?

Terminal Lung Cancer During A Respiratory Attacking Pandemic.  Isn’t it ironic?

Mark is stuck in Fiji, his wife is stuck in South Africa.  Borders are closed, options painfully limited and even if a repatriation flight were an option…it would be like walking into a minefield.  We’ve spent many sunsets discussing sailing routes and what it would take to get the boat back to South Africa.  But it’s a long route with the current state of the world and nowhere to seek refuge along the way…especially with a skeleton crew.

Selling the boat would be a dream, but doing that at a time when borders are closed is also a challenge.  There are several people interested, but how do they get here and where do they sail after they buy it?

I don’t know where the story will go from here.  I don’t know how this chapter of our lives will affect us.  What I do know is, the year 2020 has only further solidified my philosophy on fear, safety, and security.

Helen Keller already said it best, so I will quote her for probably the 100th time on this blog.

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it…Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Faith alone defends. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

We use our false sense of safety as an excuse to avoid things we’re afraid of or that feel too difficult.  But we humans are far more capable than we know. Facing fear is an ongoing battle and one worth fighting.  Because life has an expiration date.

So circumstances or pandemic be damned. We must paddle out towards our dreams and charge at life like Mark Paarman charges at a wave…like it might be our last monster of a ride!

Please Help Mark!

I can’t imagine being in Mark’s situation.  Knowing that the medicine giving him quality of life is simply out of financial reach.  Looking at those last pills together…it felt almost inhumane.  $5,300USD ($92,000 ZAR) is what Mark pays for a 30day supply of Tagrisso Osimertinib, because it isn’t covered by insurance.  That is more than most cruisers’ entire monthly budget and I don’t personally know anyone that could keep that up.

This is where Jason and I feel like we have an opportunity to make a difference.  Our community here is so strong and passionate, and together anything is possible.  Please help us get Mark more of the medicine that is providing him quality of life.

If you are willing, please share this video or post with AstraZeneca (the company that makes the medicine) and ask them to please sponsor Mark.  He would really like to spend his last days with his wife and family.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease…so let’s make a ruckus!

Here’s the contact info we could find on AstraZeneca:

 

If you know of, or work at, an organization that helps people like Mark get specialty medications at an affordable rate, he would be very grateful to know about it.  Please send us an email: [email protected]

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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (114)

  • Frances&Clive

    Immediately after watching this video, I forwarded it to the Astra Zeneca rep who calls on my Pharmacy. He forwarded it the Head of Oncology and promised to let me know the outcome. He popped into the store on Monday to tell me that AZ has agreed to supply Mark his meds for life. I have no doubt that my request was one of many, but knowing that I played a small part in Mark’s “next chapter” makes me feel good. My husband and I sailed the Caribbean for 10 years before coming back to SA. We love being home – but there are days when the sea calls. I look forward to living vicariously through Mark as he continues on his incredible journey. As they say in the classics: Kyk noort en fok voort!

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  • MARCELO NAOTSUGU MATSUBARA

    I want to donate a box of tagrisso to him, please send me the address to ship it to him urgently

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    • Curious Minion

      I sent you an e-mail address in a YouTube comment but it’s 4mark @ gonewiththewynns.com
      Curious Minion

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  • Robert Gipson

    Evidently Mark has an EGFR-positive cancer. I have been studying this for decades, and I published in 2014 on this topic in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology. Here’s the link to the abstract:
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325857809_Multiple_Cytoproliferative_Effects_of_Elevated_Pyrimidines_are_DNA-Synthesis-Independent_and_Include_p53_Repression_DNA-Synthesis-Independent_Proliferative_Mechanisms_of_Elevated_Pyrimidines
    What Mark needs to be taking, in addition to the exorbitantly expensive Astra Zeneca drug, is the relatively inexpensive drug Leflunomide (Arava), which is prescribed for autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and, ironically, has recently been shown effective against COVID. If you need more particulars, please feel free to email me at [email protected].

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  • Locke C Pleninger

    Hi,

    Not sure this would help with Mark not being from the USA, but perhaps there are ways to make it work. This place covers prescriptions, including Tagrissa, for $50 a month. It’s worth a thought….https://prescriptionhope.com/tagrisso-osimertinib/

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    • Kenny

      If you can’t get Tagrisso then I would agree that generics may be a solution. If you research ‘Tagrix’ it is essentially the same treatment at a fraction of the price. If you join the Inspire lung cancer forum there is more information from other people who have gone down this route. I was about to buy generics for my mum when the NHS wouldn’t prescribe Tagrisso after Afatinib stopped working but she sadly died before I could do so and wish I had known about it sooner.

      You will need to do your own research including speaking to your doctor as there can be counterfeit medicines but I was recommended an online pharmacy called Bonhoa on the forum which is meant to be legit and posts worldwide. If you Google ‘Bonhoa Tagrix’ the link will come up for generic tagrisso.

      Good luck!

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      • Kenny

        I just realised prescriptionhope posted by Locke isn’t generic Tagrisso and is a patient assistance programme. It looks to be worth investigating. If no luck then certainly investigate generics such as Tagrix.

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  • Steve Saylor

    I know a few people who have cured their cancer with cannabis oil. It’s a cure that’s been kept from us by corporate interests, but it works for so many ailments and diseases. Good information for everyone to know.

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    • Mark Ferguson

      I have done alot of internet research on cannabis & cancer. The oil that is being used to fight cancer with success is Whole Plant oil. The literal whole plant is ground up (root to bud) and the cbd that comes out (with some thc) is Significantly higher in cannaboids than just bud oil. Its safe to use along with chemo pills.

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  • Michael

    For Mark,
    I am an old land-locked surfer and am envious of your options. Please do not let those go.

    When I was homeless and people helped me, I found that I felt guilty. However, I was forced into accepting the help because I had no choice.

    But my experience taught me something. Those who give get a special blessing for so doing. Sadly those who refuse to accept the gifts and are not gracious recipients are depriving them of that blessing. God wants us to share with one another as long as we are alive. I challenge you to be a part of that wonderful cycle of love.

    Get your wife on your boat as soon as possible and enjoy the wonderful nature that God has provided to us. We will live vicariously thru you, and believe me, it means a great deal.

    You are given enough strength for each day. Keep going forward and do not throw in the towel. Spend the time with your loving Creator instead. We are praying for you.

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  • Laura

    Just added money to your tip jar for Mark’s scan or whatever you decide. Sounds like something is going to happen and it should be good. You two are full fledged missionaries! Keep up the good work.

    Also, we bought a house in Mt. Vernon WA if you or Mark’s mom ever need a place to hang, we have a full hookup RV space or guest room.

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    • Rohan

      There is lots of generic version available on indiamart.com costs $250 – $300 USD per strip.. I’m an expat living in Bali but spent 8 months in Mumbai and its the pharmaceutical capital of the world and mega cheap, just how medicine was intended to be…

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  • Joe

    Totes McGoats setup a gofundme. I want to donate.

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  • Tom Long

    My wife is involved in drug safety. I asked her to send a note to AstraZeneca. This was the response. Thank you for sharing this story. Love the work you do.

    “We have been following Mark Paarman’s moving story and current situation. We have offered our support to this patient, informed his family and discussed the next steps to help ensure he receives the appropriate medical management as advised by the treating doctor.

    Lung cancer is a very complex disease that needs to be closely monitored and treated by a group of specialists. Throughout the course of their treatment, cancer patients discuss options with their doctors who help determine which medicines are right for them.

    AstraZeneca does not prescribe or dispense medicine directly to patients. The patient’s doctor must determine the right treatments to prescribe.

    At AstraZeneca, we are committed to the safety and well-being of all patients taking our medicines, and we will continue to offer solutions for Mr. Paarman through his care team.

    Sincerely,

    Information Center at AstraZeneca”

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  • YDion

    That very last scene, with the ascending drone, Mark on his surfboard, and the music – memorable. Brought tears to my eyes. It takes courage, humanity and humility to shoot a quality and profound video like this one – very well done. Thanks for sharing.

    And of course ‘yes’, an e-mail has been sent to AZ.

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  • Ross jenkins

    Will happily donate in whatever form Mark will accept – a contribution to the boat, the drugs he needs, or anything else. If he’d like to pay it back then he can spend a few hours helping me improve my surfing! Please let me know how we can help.

    Thanks,
    Ross

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  • Katie Allen

    Hey, I’ve messaged someone I know at AZ. Everything crossed

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  • Andy

    Why don’t you set up a go fund me to buy Mark’s boat.
    Out of the 180K + youtube views you have had, If 3800 of us chip in $100 we could all buy the boat and donate it back to him or a charity of his choice and he can keep on keepin on and have his meds too.
    My wife went through Ovarian Cancer 6 years ago and is now clear. They didn’t think she would make it but she’s still here. Positive attitude and a passion for life goes a long way.
    Go Mark!

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    • Dennis

      I was thinking of the go fund me thing to you set up I’ll donate 100 bucks

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    • Sandra

      Yes!! Great idea! Let’s do this!

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  • Michael Bjorn

    Mark mail sent to the CEO
    Good work 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩🏄🏼

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    • JCS

      feedback from my contact inside AZ, is that their twitter account exploded and they are reviewing this internally across many departments and regional teams. I’m hoping for a good outcome.

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  • Tim Hardman

    If Mark will not accept money, will he accept a box of the medication if it is delivered to him? I realize this is making a game of him accepting help but if it works and preserves his life for another month or 6 months while everyone works on AZ to help out then it is worth it….I’ll play the game if he will until we have a more permanent solution. Let’s not let him slip away. We really need to act NOW to get him the drugs he needs before they run out. I’m not a Doctor and I don’t have $5k to donate so it’s not like I can come up with a box of the medication and send it to him. I’m guessing most of you reading this are the same. Does anyone know a source where the drug can be purchased and how to do it if you are not a Doctor and don’t have a prescription for the drug written by a Dr. ? A lot of us here are basically saying – I have some money I can give, Somebody do Something where the money can be collected and then the drug purchased because I don’t know how to do all of this (sorry I’m old retired non-technical person without connections for any of this) but someone else out there at least knows how to start the gofundme and collect the money. And someone out there knows how to purchase the drug if he has the money in hand. When Mark runs out of this drug and refuses a stack of money handed to him, I can understand his reluctance to accept it. But if he is handed 6 boxes or 3 boxes or 1 box of the medication, that’s already been purchased and can’t be returned or sold on the street corner, he might be more willing to accept it. And then that buys time to find a longer term special arrangement with the Pharma Company AZ, or a foundation or a way to purchase it for less. Mark, if you are reading this, some of us have few to none outlets to help others. It is actually a gift when someone in need gives another person the opportunity to help. Helping feels really good, like I/we made a little difference in the world helping humanity. You can help me/us by allowing me/us to help you. You may think it is an unbalanced “transaction” but it is not. We give what we can afford based on our situation and that giving gives us pleasure and a feeling of being valued. I know you understand this concept. You seem like a giving guy who has done the same at some level at some point in your life. Please allow us that pleasure and satisfaction that you know of by allowing us to help out now and please make it easier for us by allowing an organized contribution program like GoFundMe to make it easier, safer, more secure and more efficient for us to feel good. If you need to set some limits on what you can accept that’s fine but give us and yourself a chance to buy some time. We individuals can act quickly. Corporations and other large groups act slowly….you did not give us enough time to find a solution at that corporate level. At least allow 6 months, 180 tablets to be donated to give us some time to see if we can collectively figure out a longer term solution that you will be comfortable with. There is an art to giving a gift and accepting a gift. You have allowed your family and your old friends to give in the past and I understand you can’t accept anymore from them. But now you have an additional family of friends (several hundred thousand actually) through Nikki and Jason, so give us a chance to exercise a gift to humanity during the crazy times we live in. We see you are genuinely grateful for the good life you have had and you have no self pity or sense of entitlement. This world desperately needs more of your type as an example to look up to and follow. That means we need you for a few more decades sailing that boat (Not Selling that Boat), popping a magic pill everyday and living life by the drop.

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    • Michael

      Well said.

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    • SJ

      Excellent! Well said. Mark if you are reading this, please let the people help. We would love to and by allowing us, you will be helping us as well. It works both ways – your message to live life has touched my family 🖤🖤🖤

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  • Justin and Brooke

    GWTW,
    As a community of sailors and viewers, why can’t we buy the boat “for” Mark. He keeps the boat in his name, but we purchase the boat for him. Make it a humanitarian and educational experience in kindness and culture. It will be “The Boat the internet Bought” I would be purchasing a share of his journey as I see it Try to get other channels involved and maybe rotate through the boat with their channels. Make a channel for Mark that is Educational, Humanitarian, with a lot of Sailing, Surfing,and what is below the water line. We buy the boat and give it back to him. It is obvious his heart belongs to his family and his boat. he deserves both!

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    • Tim Hardman

      Well said. I’m in.

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    • Aimey Blessed Mayberry

      Thank God there is power in prayer and the healing blood of Jesus!
      Please pray that the healing blood of Jesus will flow thru Mark’s body and in his life to bring him & his wife & family back together to travel the world testifying of God’s goodness!
      Many Blessings,
      Aimey

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      • Aimey Blessed Mayberry

        Expect a miracle!

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        • Michael

          Amen to that.

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      • Debbie

        I am expecting a miracle for Mark, in Jesus precious name AMEN!
        I contacted the drug company as well.
        I pray Mark enjoys sailing around the world with his family🙏🏻

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  • Mary

    I too would donate for his medications. And would love to see him give his expertise on a YouTube site.
    Great, great ideas within these replies.

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  • Chris Connolly

    AstraZeneca has a very cool public relations opportunity. The message just has to get to the right person at the company.
    Okay, here is my idea, let’s keep Mark well, AND continuing to sail on his boat. With help from the company for medicine,
    we change the NAME of the boat to AstraZeneca.

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  • Mark

    Alright GWTW Team, (That includes you gentle reader) I have written the email to a verified (As per AZ site) [email protected]

    I present it here as a template. It reads:

    “Dear miracle workers at AstraZeneca:

    Mark Paarman needs Tagrisso Osimertinib in order to live. He will willingly surrender his quality of life to be returned to his wife in South Africa and keep on living – a little bit longer.

    We all need to champion something or someone and I’ve chosen Mark Paarman.

    I am willing to match a contribution on your part up to $1000 CAD.

    I am willing to do whatever legwork is necessary to expedite this solution.

    Hopefully thanks in advance – And thank you AstraZeneca for making this drug possible in the first place.

    Mark”
    (Contact info. redacted)

    Nikki & Jason: Set up a special patron account for yourselves or a GFM account and I will contribute to you. Maybe Mark will accept payment from you. I think there is even a new way to send international email money transfers for free. Maybe even Apple pay to you?

    Mark, here is my rationale: You have now appeared multiple times on a broadcast medium. You likely have not received payment for your acting, coaching, teaching, inspirational roles/services – all of which I have received for free. I cannot take advantage of you in this manner. Please accept payment from the show’s producers on my behalf.

    N&J: Send out the payment link and watch the dollars fly. And yes, if Mark is not comfortable accepting our penance, then I authorize you to use the money in a charitable way of your choosing.

    P.S. Jesus, I cried like a baby watching that video! There were tears of joy, and anguish, but thank you for sharing.

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    • Fleur

      I second that emotion!

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  • Rosco

    G’day Team Wynns
    I am just reaching out to offer Mark assistance with his situation
    I will send more information to an email address and set up a skype or similar as soon as possible
    Cheers Rosco

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  • Mary

    Please google Joe Tippins
    “A Cure for Cancer, Hiding in Plain Sight”
    Mycancerstory.rocks

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  • Joyce H Guthrie

    This video is very powerful, and I know he appreciates your efforts, greatly. Praying for some success with your efforts, and hopefully at some point, he will allow you to set up a gofundme or paypal account for his meds. I would definitely contribute.

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    • Michael

      I don’t see how he could stop us. Hasn’t someone done that yet?

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  • Divepics

    Maybe this is the obvious but I’m gonna say it anyway. Looking at the pricing it appears the 80mg and 40 mg sell for the same price. The obvious being purchase the 80 and cut them in half. Exact dosage will not vary that much. This has been done with many drugs. Some insurances mandate buying and breaking the larger dose.

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  • OjaiLynda

    FIRST, I want to say what an incredible community you have here, Nikki & Jason. The comments left here have lifted up my spirits like nothing else. Let’s do this! Reach out to AZ and be sure our voices are heard! Hugs to Mark and prayers for a positive outcome. Keep us posted! xoxo

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  • Dino

    Hi there
    Was on Cape Talk, a local radio station, and received this from one of the producers. Hope that it’ll help.

    Fiji [ Republic of the Fiji Islands ] South African High Commission

    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/sahcfiji/(link is external)
    Street Address:
    Plot No. 1, 16 cnr Kimberley and Gordon Streets, Suva, FIJI
    Phone:
    006 793 311087
    006 793 319620
    Fax:
    006 793 311086
    006 793 310805
    Directories:
    National Government Directory: Representatives of the Republic of South Africa Abroad
    Charge d’Affaires: Bingo Thamaga, Mr
    Street Address:
    Plot No. 1, 16 cnr Kimberley and Gordon Streets, Suva, FIJI
    Phone:
    006 793 311087
    006 793 319620
    Fax:
    006 793 311086
    006 793 310805

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  • R. Moiat

    Has he tried Globalpharmacy in Canada? am taking a med that is $2400/mo in US I buy from Canada 50 days woth for $130.

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  • Robin Brown

    Check out the web site “The peoples chemist” a remarkable man with some very interesting and workable ideas on so many illnesses that plague us today, all non chemical using herbs and other natural elements

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  • Don Miles

    Mark Parkman needs “Rick Simpson oil” and a raw foods diet. My brother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer some 6-7 yrs ago. He was given about 4 months to live. He took a few rounds of chemo through a port installed In his chest and his “Hippie wife” put him on an all raw foods (veggies) and a little cooked chicken now and then, along with Rick Simpsons recommendations of a quality Indica strain of hemp oil. Like I say, this was 6-7 yrs ago with a life expectancy of 4 months. Look up small cell lung cancer and see what the survival rate is. Not good. Montel Williams put out a book on raw foods he used to control his MS. He medicates with a marijuana derivative as well.
    Search “Rick Simpson run from the cure“.
    Hope you and Jason are doing well! Waiting for your next video.Take care.

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  • TrACEY MARTINEZ

    I will also call tomorrow, please let me know about GO FUND ME account for Mark Paarman.
    Your story is inspiring, lets get you back on some drugs because you have a lot of living to do.
    Tracey

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  • Ken Granacki

    I am a stage 4 cancer survivor and am wanting to buy a boat and sail the world.

    Is there any way to get to Fiji and buy the boat from Mark and then help sail him back to his wife in SA thus completing his circumnavigation? I would then take over the boat then but get him the money first so he could buy meds to keep him going

    Please let me know if you know of a way. I am in the northwest part of the USA.

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  • Alan Solomon

    Great story. Great inspiration. Great hope. Great potential for good things to come.
    Thank you for this opportunity to help Mark. Great work, once again on your behalf.
    Positive Prayers at Mark’s ship wheel Today and Now.
    I emailed and left AstraZeneca a voicemail.
    Mark has a great smile. We all need to see more of that smile in the coming months, years and decades.
    Keep Smiling Mark..
    Best, Safe and Well.

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  • Kevin

    Hi Nikki,

    I sent a very lengthy email that I hope you have the time to read.

    I feel a very cosmic connection to Mark due to what Ive endured in life.

    Id love to help in any way possible. Anything from buying that boat and continuing its legacy to hiring mark as our teacher and captain.

    He’s simply too young to say no more. Life Is such a precious gift.

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  • Naomi and John (formerly SV Renova)

    Great episode…love hearing Mark’s inspirational journey. Please provide a way that we can contribute. Thanks!

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  • Roman

    Sorry to hear about your friend. Sounds like he has egfr mutant lung cancer. There are a number of alternative medications that do the same thing as tagrisso does (erlotinib, gefitinib) are also available in US. Similar egfr inhibitors are available internationally. I’m a US based medical oncologist so not very familiar with these, but guess they can probably be purchased much cheaper. The bottom line is that egfr mutant lung cancer can do much better than 6 months if treated right. The book “when breath becomes air” chronicles this. Message me if you want more information.

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  • Dave Hansford

    Copying the email from your site does not work but typing it in seems
    to work, Please start a go-fund page in a country where Mark has access
    and we can donate worldwide…. and lots of folks will help him get
    another shipment… regardless of what the drug company does short term.
    Great program… inspirational.
    Please let us know.

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    • Michael

      Yes, it was the wrong dash-type character.

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  • Eric L

    Occasionally I find a new flavor of the month sailing channel and think they are all that. But then you share stories like Pip’s and Mark’s and I am reminded of what makes this channel different and so great. Thank you for sharing, I sent an email off to Astra Zeneca. I also hope a GoFundMe or something similar is started, would be happy to contribute.

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  • Wren

    I sent an email to the below address, hoping it gets to someone who needs to see it:

    [email protected]

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  • Debbie L

    I couldn’t get the Instagram address to work, the Facebook was for careers but I managed to send a tweet. I also sent an email. My husband saw an AstraZeneca
    commercial to the effect, “if you can’t afford this medication, contact us.”
    Praying for Mark! His attitude is fabulous and is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing his story. My mom died from lung cancer….

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  • Gary Wallis

    Setup a fund of some sort, I am sure it will be very successful! You guys are awesome!

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  • Bob Wolford

    This was inspirational, indeed. I copied and pasted the episode and made a request for Mark to each of the sites that you have listed. You two remain heroes of mine…

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  • Elizabeth

    I am a physician and found another doctor that works at the drug company. I reached out to them to see if they could find a way to get Mark his medications. It’s such an amazing story, I would hate him to have to sell his boat and make these type of choices due to a drug. 🤞 they can help. Seems like such a great story for the drug company too…. how amazing that this drug has given him quality time back sailing the world and living his dreams!

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  • E

    Can he get the medication through mail order from India?

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  • Nanci M

    Wow…that was so powerful and inspirational. You guys did an amazing job of sharing Marks story. I will do what I can to inspire The pharmaceutical company to sponsor him. It is amazing to see what he has achieved to this point and all take a page from Marks attitude.

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  • Glennys

    Start a go fund me page for medicine

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  • Larry

    Guys! Show these comments to mark! A GoFundMe is nothing to be ashamed of… I don’t feel sorry for Mark, I’m inspired by him and if I could donate a couple
    hundred dollars to help give him more time to touch the lives of more people, that is an investment into humanity. Let us invest into humanity Mark! Cheers mate!

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  • Stephana

    I’ve been inspired and deeply moved by your time and adventures with Mark.

    I will do what I can….

    Holding Mark in highest good and best outcome.

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  • David Gardner

    If I had 6 months If it was me I would try this treatment.
    https://www.mycancerstory.rocks/
    I don’t want to be that guy. But really. As an RN I would try it.

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  • Jane

    Astrazeneca email address not valid.

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    • JD

      Oh shoot – really? I just emailed them at [email protected] and didn’t get a bounce back. Is that the same one you used?

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  • Marshall

    Such an inspirational story!

    I have shared your Instagram post with AstraZeneca via Instagram and am hopeful they will help him.

    Praying he gets the medication he needs to get home to his family!

    Thank you for sharing his story and I agree with the comment on YouTube that you should share this story with the broadcast media to extend its reach even further.

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  • Paul

    I see too many comments on everyone wants to contribute, as I do. Please have a PayPal or go fund me site and I will help with a financial contribution..

    Thank You

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  • dick akers

    Overwhelmed! This video is by far the only one i will remember. i have seen all of your videos but this one is the best in my opinion. If all your adventures brought you to this point to help Mark then it was all worth it. I hope you are used in similar fashion in the future adventures.

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  • Alan Gamble

    In June of 2019, AZ gave a gentleman in Boston a one year supply….and he passed in January. I am reaching out to family in the faint hope that they may still have his medications. Will advise.

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  • Kylie C.

    I sent an email through AstraZenica’s “contact us” link. I would also contribute if/when information about where is shared! Thank you for sharing his story.

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  • jim ege

    Let us know if someone sets up a go fund me page. Thank you for sharing Mark’s story.

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  • Nikki Buck

    I’m sure Mark has already looked into this, but here is a link to AstraZeneca’s Financial Assistance Program…..
    https://www.astrazeneca-us.com/medicines/Affordability.html#pap

    This link actually takes him to a different page, in case he wants to skip a few steps….
    https://www.azandmeapp.com/eligibility.html#patient
    Thank you for sharing his story!

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  • Richard

    As mentioned in the comments by Deb Fry, “AstraZeneca has a patient assistance program called AstraZeneca Access 360 for Tagrisso
    Phone # 1-844-275-2360
    Fax 1-844-329-2360”. Maybe we can all make calls to the company to help get this situation on their radar!! I make my call tomorrow!! Let’s let them hear this squeaky wheel!!!! A GO FUND ME page would provide excellent resources for Mark, too , I believe!! God bless you all!!!

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    • Gina Davis

      Thank you for the phone numbers. So sad that someone’s life can end because of a medication.

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  • Mark C

    Just sent an email to AstraZeneca but got a response that the email was invalid

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  • Lisa

    Not much gets to me these days but this story sure did. The internet is a powerful thing and all too often used in horrific ways. I say we use it to show Mark how powerful his story is and see if all of us can get him the medicine he needs to continue the beautiful life he deserves. Please encourage him to allow a Gofundme! Best wishes to you Mark!
    xoxo

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  • JOHN SCHRETLEN

    Deb Fry: Great reply.

    The time zone is Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4) right now.

    Would also like to see the PayPal stone rolling.

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    • JOHN SCHRETLEN

      Uh-Oh, just saw this little gem on the AstraZeneca website that Deb Fry posted a link to:

      “This information is intended for US consumers and health care professionals only.”

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  • Michael N Mangold

    Astra Zeneca has a support program for financial help. myaccess360.com. Or a patient access specialist at 1-844-2360 phone +18442752360.

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  • IanR

    Mark, you could simply look at Wikipedia to see what this drug actually is! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osimertinib Much easier than getting it analyzed!

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  • Curtis W Wood

    I know of an organization in Arlington tx. It’s called The Pearson Group. They helped me tremendously. Mark is in my prayers.

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  • Kent Hermes

    The email link for Astrazeneca bounced back to me as undelivered so I searched about on their web site and came up with this page on their New Zealand site:

    https://www.astrazeneca.com.au/contact-us.html

    Message sent and hoping for good response.

    Kent

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  • Mike

    Since I don’t know Mark’s income level, there are organizations that help with prescription drug costs. Best way is to fill out an application and see if Mark qualifies. Prescription Hope out of Columbus, OH could possible help.

    See their website. https://prescriptionhope.com/tagrisso-osimertinib/

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  • Karen

    I’ve posted your video as well as a request for help On AstraZeneca’ Twitter page And on their Oncology page as well Also posted it to my Facebook and will post it their Facebook page too. I’m afraid that is the only social media that I use. If there is going to be a Go Fund me set up please let me know as I’d be more the happy to send what I can. What an amazing man lets get him home to his family.

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  • Susan

    I would also donate to a GoFundMe account for Mark. Is there some reason you have not set one up?

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    • Curious Minion

      Mark would prefer not to do a GoFundMe at this time. He wants to try the AZ angle first.
      Curious Minion

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  • Annelise Dubose

    Email sent, like others please let us know where we can donate for his medicine if this does not work. Praying for you both to continue your work, your compassion is helping so many. I will never jump on a boat and sail the world but I love doing it vicariously through you, it has been so uplifting an inspirational.

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  • Suzy

    global–[email protected]
    I tried to send to this email and it came back as needing corrected. I was not able to send. )=

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    • Mary

      Take the global- off then send

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  • Owen

    Hi Nikki and Jason.

    I have a possible alternative cure for Mark. I nearly died in 2017 from a Liver infection and the Doctors were wanting to have me undergo a Liver Transplant. I was not keen to do this until i had researched all alternatives. My research proved to be successful and i have made a full recovery, which has amazed my Liver Specialist. I have not shared my research with my Doctor as they just want to so often follow the norm?

    I am not a Medical Doctor, but i am very skeptical of just believing all that Doctors say, hence the extensive research. What i am is a very keen Sailor and hold an Offshore Skippers licence for Super Yachts and am hoping to Sail around the World, and i am an Entrepreneur that has owned many businesses.

    I would like you to please pass on my Information to Mark and ask him to make contact with me or his wife can too in South Africa. i would be very happy to share my research and see if this will be able to assist him…… The treatment is not just for Liver problems it has been known to assist with curing Cancer patients.

    If we don’t try we will never know.

    Kind regards
    Owen.

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    • Bill Farina

      Always interested in hearing possible alternatives for cancer treatments. I’m fighting prostate cancer before I can go sailing again.

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  • Michael Tietz

    ALL please give $ 1 or € 1 for this remarkable man! give me a PayPal address, I’ll get this STONE rolling. Please everyone, don’t wait!

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  • Judie Ashford

    There have been posts about the drug company itself finding a way to severely lower the cost of the drug for those in need. It’s usually based on income level.

    As for that “time remaining” subject, my husband was told in 2007 that his expiration date was mid-2010 (Multiple Myeloma). He is still with us. Eat well and be as happy as possible. I’m convinced it helps.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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  • Deb Fry

    AstraZeneca has a patient assistance program called AstraZeneca Access 360 for Tagrisso
    Phone # 1-844-275-2360
    Fax 1-844-329-2360
    M-F 8am-8pm Time Zone?
    http://www.azandmeapp.com

    I’m praying for Mark.

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  • Alex Sudz

    Damn friggin onions.

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  • Lisa Bee

    I’m in! I just sent off an email and will see if there is a global contact, too!
    My dad died from lung cancer back in the days when this kind of medication wasn’t available.
    Thank you for helping others. I hope to do the same in my new nomadic life!

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    • Tara

      I’m in as well 💕 ✔️ as soon as I hit send

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  • Glen Davis

    Thank you for sharing Marks story. We have sent an email to request his medication supply be extended so he can make back to his family. We will also be praying for him!
    Glad and Rhonda Davis

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  • Elizabeth Collins

    Nikki, I’m so sorry and sad to hear about Mark, You and Jason are awesome and I love and appreciate you both. My question is have you contacted AstraZeneca asking them to help Mark? I believe the company would be helpful in getting Mark’s medicine to him. Secondly please start a GoFundMark on Facebook. I will be happy to post the GoFundMark on the social sites that I have an account on and I’m sending AstraZeneca an email asking them to please help Mark with his medicine. Can Mark fly back to his home in South Africa? Surely there is a way to get him home. Keeping all three of you lifted up to GOD.

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    • Curious Minion

      South Africa has been under very heavy Covid restrictions. They will begin easing some this month so keep your fingers crossed.
      Curious Minion

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    • Kathleen

      Just another comment to let you know I reached out to AZ on their media website. Let us know how things unfold for this kind man. All the best.

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  • Pam McClure

    He won’t accept a go fund me set up? I’d sure donate as would others I’m sure. If it brings in more money than he wants to take, it can go to others with the same issue. I only just met him here on your videos but he’s inspirational and I want to see him continue. I love his take on life. Thank you for sharing, Mark. And thank you Wynns for sharing Mark.

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    • Mark C

      Good idea, I was looking to contribute as well and came here hoping to find a link.

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  • Jeremy Runge

    Sent them an email and hope it does some good. The more people we can get to write them and point out his story, the better the chances are. I just hope Mark has enough time for them to pull through. Hopeful but crossing my fingers.

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  • Debbie

    Hey Nikki,
    I’m not on social media…but I’d happily donate to Mark’s medication fund. Is there a justgiving page or similar that I can contribute to? It might be worth setting up some crowdfunding – it’s surprising what a lot of passionate people can do! Sending love to you all aboard Millenium and Mark’s family in SA.

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  • rob

    Nikki and Jason,

    email out and send to all contacts for Mark.

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  • Mark

    Maybe look into biohacking for mark? First he would need to have a small portion of a pill analysed to get a full spectrum chemical composition. Then find a biohacker to synthesize his own version. You may hit a 50% probability of just getting the same ingredients 100% in the same ratios to work. A long shot but worth it!!! Hope you get through this mark

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    • Peter

      If he has a problem accepting GoFund maybe it would make more sense for him that he could give something in return – he could help making these contents, about surfing, sailing, about Fiji etc. People like donating to Youtube channels because they something in return: inspiration and entertainment – this is NOT a one-way thing. Mark has a lot of experience and knowledge up his sleeves and is in the position to share it with lost of ppl. Donating him this way would not be charity – which I believe he does not like – but exchange, value for value.

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      • Mary

        Such a great idea.

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