Famous adventurer Dr Mike Stroud OBE has come out in support of the ‘Walking the Amazon' expedition – which supports The ME Association's efforts to help set up an ME research tissue bank in the UK.
In a message just posted on the Walking the Amazon website, Mike Stroud writes:
"I was thrilled to hear of the ‘Walking the Amazon' expedition, for not only is it ambitious but it is also novel.
"Not for these guys just a further repeat of something done before, but instead a truly unique and massive challenge. I have no hesitation in offering my full support".
He became famous afer he teamed up with the swashbuckling ex-SAS officer Sir Ranulph Fiennes over 20 years ago. Together, they completed the first-ever unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent, after which Mike was awarded his OBE. Last year, they ran seven marathons in seven continents in seven days – a feat that Sir Ran said, when interviewed by BBC ‘Top Gear' presenter Jeremy Clarkson, that he never, ever wanted to do again.
In the process, Dr Stroud – who qualified as a medical doctor – has become a world-expert on human health and endurance under extreme conditions.
The Amazon expedition is due to start in April next year. Ed Stafford and Luke Collyer will walk along the 4,000-mile river from its source in Peru to its mouth in Brazil, completing the event some time in 2010.
The idea so appeals to Marly Silverman, US-based founder of the Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders for Rersearch and Advocacy (PANDORA), that she plans to return home to Brazil to stage a reception for Ed and Luke at the end of their journey.
Ed and Luke have already launched their appeal to raise funds for six British and South American charities, including The ME Association's tissue-bank appeal.