Posted on: September 5, 2017

Gutless Kayaking: Justin’s Story

Justin Hansen, St Mark’s patient, is a man with more guts than most…

It’s an adventure few of us would contemplate, but for Justin, there is an added challenge – the 52-year-old has virtually no bowel and is fed through a tube to keep him alive. Justin, who suffers from both Crohn’s Disease and short bowel syndrome, spent seven years in and out of hospital, recovering from countless operations.

He’ll be paddling hundreds of miles of canals and beautiful Scottish Lochs from Fort William to Inverness. Justin will be kayaking, along with a variety of friends, in September 2017, in aid of St Mark’s Hospital.

In 2009 a serious heart infection led to a stroke and the need for open heart surgery. Despite everything he’s been through, Justin, is determined to help St Mark’s, the hospital that continues to provide Justin’s care.

Motivated to support research

“This trip is my way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped me get well and somehow kept my health on track over these last few years, and to raise some funds for the amazing research carried out at St Mark’s Hospital.”

We will be issuing updates all week and photographs of Justin’s fantastic Kayaking adventure!

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