Callum's walking feat
Walking 100km in less than two days is no mean feat, especially if you're missing a bone in your leg.
Massey University student Callum Conroy, 22, was born without the fibula bone in his right leg and a club foot, a condition similar to that of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.
The fibula is the smaller of the two lower leg bones and is located on the outside of the tibia.
Doctors were close to amputating the leg completely, but Callum is grateful to have found one doctor in Richard Street who was willing to give him a chance.
After around five major operations and painful limb lengthening procedures, Callum has defied expectations and an early prognosis that saw him spending his life in a wheelchair.
He can run normally, and has played soccer, won national free skiing titles and is a keen sailor.
Callum will join Luisa Schumann, 21, Amy Carrick, 21, and Niklas Siemer, 20, in the Oxfam Trailwalker around Taupo on April 5.
The four team-mates aim to complete the 100km course in under 30 hours and have set a team target to raise more than $2000 in the process.
The Oxfam Trailwalker is an annual fundraising event originally set up by the elite Queen's Gurkha Signals Regiment in 1981 as a military exercise designed to test teamwork, endurance and determination.
It is held in 11 countries and has so far raised more than $150 million for people living in poverty.
Go to oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz and enter Sailwalkers into the Team Search space.
- North Shore Times
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