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WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS ALL ABOUT
Hi, I’m David Puklowski, and my challenge is to solo circumnavigate the South Island of New Zealand in a 3.8 meter rigid hull inflatable boat, becoming the smallest powered craft to do so. The trip is planned over 19 days, with each leg planned for between two to three hundred kilometers, stopping each night in a planned area to refuel and camp the night.
I look forward to the long days of boating, not knowing what the next day will bring, and exploring amazing places along the way. I hope this journey will be a great adventure, a test of endurance, a chance to explore the amazing coast of the South Island, and an opportunity to help raise some funds for a friend in need.
ABOUT RUSSELL AND RICKETS DISEASE
Hi I’m Russell Blowers; I was born in August 1970 and inherited X – Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets from my now deceased mother.
X – Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets is a reasonably rare disease which stops me from absorbing vitamin D and causes my kidneys to lose phosphate, this results in many skeletal problems as my bones grow abnormally and the long bones of the extremities (Tibia, Femur, Radius and Ulna) become bowed. Abnormal parietal flattening and frontal bossing occur in the skull. The cartilaginous attachments of the ribs become prominent. Spinal curvature, muscle pain, profuse sweating and general tenderness of the body are all signs and symptoms that are common with Rickets.
I had my first corrective surgery aged 2 on my Tibia and Femur in both legs and had this repeated at ages 10 and 15. Since then I have required surgery on my nasal passages twice and have required extensive work done on my jaw and teeth all due to my rickets. My condition has also directly affected my breathing and hearing.