2013-09-27 15:03:33 - The “Gutless Kayaker” Challenge 2013
Reading will be playing host to Justin Hansen – “The Gutless Kayaker” – on Monday (30th September) as part of his brand new world record attempt for the longest trip spent living solely on artificial nutrition – supported by CME Medical.
Justin will be passing through Reading as part of his 420-mile long kayaking trip to raise money for bowel cancer research. He has been relying on the CME Medical Bodyguard 323TM Ambulatory Infusion Pump for the delivery of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) for the 32 day non-stop challenge. When he reaches Reading, he will have been kayaking for 24 days, travelling 324 miles and negotiating 174 locks.
This sort of endurance event would challenge most people, but for Justin, his medical
condition makes it even more daunting as he needs to organise more than 192 litres of IV nutrition and 2,000 items of healthcare equipment just to keep him alive on the trip.
Justin has virtually no bowel and is fed through a tube as he suffers from both Crohn’s disease and short bowel syndrome and has spent the past seven years in and out of hospital recovering from countless operations, including open heart surgery after suffering an infection. Despite all of this, Justin, aged 52, is hoping to raise more than £20,000 for St Mark’s Hospital Charitable Foundation which will help fund further research into conditions similar to Justin’s, which is a cause very close to his heart.
Justin said: “We started out on Saturday 7th September, in Skipton, North Yorkshire, and will kayak the 420 miles down the canals, finishing on Tuesday 8th October in Bristol. I’ve always enjoyed outdoor physical activities and have had a lifelong fascination with water so kayaking is something that ticks all the boxes for me. This trip is my way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped me get well over these last few years and to raise more funds for the amazing research carried out at St Mark’s Hospital.”
“Supporting Justin’s challenge is one of the many ways that CME Medical like to demonstrate our commitment to worthy charitable causes, as well as individuals like Justin who are an inspiration to so many other people with life-altering conditions. We wish him very good luck in his challenge.” John Carrington – Managing Directo
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Find out more about Justin’s fundraising challenge at: www.gutlesskayaking.com
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