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Monday, July 23, 2007

500 miles for Titanium Man 

Eight years ago Jamie Andrew and his friend Jamie Fisher were trapped in sub-zero temperatures for five days in the French Alps. Tragically, rescue came too late to prevent the death of Jamie Fisher, and Jamie Andrew lost both his hands and his feet, but since that time, he has learned to walk again, taken up skiing, run a marathon and even returned to climbing.

Now, with the wonderful Olivia Giles, who is also a quadruple amputee, this remarkable man has set up the 500 miles organisation, which aims to fund projects helping amputees to get prosthetics in parts of the world affected by war, poverty or disease. To launch their fund raising, on 4 August, 2007, he is going to attempt to complete a Triathlon type event; a 2.4 mile swim in Scotland's Loch Tay, followed by a 112 mile cycle from Kenmore to Falkirk and then a 26.2 mile marathon run alongside the Union Canal to Edinburgh and the finish.

They need sponsorship, so go to their web site and see what you can do to support the Titanium Man, so called because of his prosthetic limbs. Oh and 500 miles, yes the name is inspired by The Proclaimers' famous lyrics "I would walk 500 miles".

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