TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - On November 01, 2008, Thomas Davenport, a
London, Ontario native and graduate of Western University, will head to South
America en route to Antarctica where he will begin a 2.5 month trek on skis
across the continent to the South Pole to raise awareness of colorectal
cancer. His polar expedition, aptly named "From END2END: From Colon Cancer to
the South Pole," will begin on November 09, weather permitting.
Davenport was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer in late 2006 at
the age of 46. With no family history and no symptoms, Tom was shocked to
learn of his condition. After a year of tests, surgeries, radiation,
chemotherapy and the discomfort of neuropathy (a side effect from chemotherapy
that causes numbness and tingling in the hands and feet), Tom gradually got
better. Once his neuropathy, began to subside, Tom was determined that others
should not have to go through that fight if it could be prevented. And, having
stared death in the face, he realized there was no time like the present to
pursue his dream of skiing and kiting to and from the South Pole. The extreme
nature of his expedition, Davenport says, will be hard on him physically and
mentally, but the year of treatment has in a sense made him 'battle tough'.
Along with four other adventurers, he will experience -40C temperatures,
fierce winds, and endless snowy vistas, all while pulling a 180lb sled
harnessed to his back full of chocolate, dehydrated food, fuel and clothing.
"I wanted to do something extreme to get people's attention and show them how
much I am willing to endure so they don't have to - this disease can be
prevented and cured when detected early, the message is: Get screened and be
aware of the symptoms," says Davenport.
Davenport has been training for the last nine months in Maryland, United
States, where he presently resides and works for the International Finance
Corporation of the World Bank Group, in preparation for his expedition - this
has included pulling 3-4 tires attached by harness to his back, strength
training and aerobics.
Working together with Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada,
Davenport's trek will ultimately save lives. Barry Stein, president of the
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada says, "Tom is embarking on an
extraordinary, intense journey to prevent others from having to suffer through
this disease. We are proud to be working with him to promote awareness of
colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canada and the
Funds raised form "From END2END" in Canada will be donated to the
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, and in the United States to the Colon
Davenport will be blogging from the South Pole every few days on his
website, www.fromend2end.net. For more information on colorectal cancer, or to
make a donation, visit www.colorectal-cancer.ca.
Davenport will be available for phone interviews between October 13 and
November 08 by contacting him directly at 202-460-4816. After that, phone
interviews can be coordinated by contacting the Colorectal Cancer Association
About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer - cancer of the colon or rectum - is the second-leading
cause of cancer death in Canada. The disease surpasses both breast and
prostate cancer in mortality.
An estimated 21,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with the colorectal
cancer this year, and approximately 8,900 will die from it. However,
colorectal cancer is over 90 per cent preventable, and curable when detected
Men and women are affected almost equally by colorectal cancer. One in 14
men and one in 16 women in Canada are expected to develop the disease during
their lifetime. One in 27 men and one in 31 women will die from it.
About the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada
The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is the country's leading
non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal
cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for national screening and timely
access to effective treatments for the disease.
For further information:
For further information: Hilary Christo, Communications Officer,
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, 1-877-50COLON or (416) 920-4333 ext.