Running so that kids will also be able to run. With his own project #jensrennt endurance runner and DIAKOVERE employee Jens Wackerhagen is raising donations, so that kids from crisis areas all over the world can be operated. Please help - and make the miracle of being able to run possible for one child.
315 kilometres through Wales, many of them more climbing than running: from 20th until 24th of May Jens mastered the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race®, a 5-day journey of 315 kilometres with 15,500 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. He did it as number 143 out of 400 runners. More than one third of them had to give up during the race.
With every race Jens is raising donations, so that children from crisis areas can get othopaedic operations at DIAKOVERE Annastift in Hanover.
Jens in German television RTL Nord (March, 9th, 2018)
Jens Wackerhagen is an OP employee at DIAKOVERE Henriettenstift in Hanover, Germany. His own son is eight years old. He was just working in OP when some years ago children from Syria were brought in with shrapnel injuries. As his hobby is endurance racing, Jens had the idea for his project #jensrennt: "I just wanted to do something myself to help kids from crisis regions of the world."
With the donations Jens collected so far with his races and some support of DIAKOVERE Lukas Fonds already 15 children had been helped. And the number of kids shall increase!
Since end of November, 2018, Dominos, eight years from Angola, has been treated in DIAKOVERE Annastift hospital. He has been born with feet deformity, so called klumpet feet, which could not be treaded properly in his motherland. So children's fund Friedensdorf International conveyed him to DIAKOVERE Annastift hospital. He was operated in February. End of March the so called mobilisation could take place, and Domingos was able to walk on his two feet. In May he will return to his Angolan family.
About two in 1,000 children are born with klumpet feet - also in Europe. But children born with this deformity here will be treated shortly after birth. Until they learn to walk, the treatment is completed. Untreated klumpet feet like Domingo's are extremely rare to see for the Orthopedists in Annastift hospital.
Our next little patien is already waiting for his surgery in Annastift: Rodger, 8 years, from Uganda. Rodger was born without fibula, so shin and ankle joint are deformed heavily. Surgery will help setting this. In a few years, when he has stopped growing, his leg will have to be elongated.
From January 13th to January 20th, 2019, Jens has been taking a very special challenge: Montane Spine Race, an iron hard Winter endurance race, 429 kilometers from England to Scotland. More kids are waiting for life changing surgery.
In January 2018 he was forced to drop out of the same race only 10 kilometers before reaching the target because of medical problems. For Jens Montane Spine Race is "the race of my life". And now he did it, in 135 hours and in spite of heavy rains and wind, hail, fog and temperatures down to minus 20 degrees. Congratulations, Jens! Well done!
Unfortunately those surgeries are expensive. Cost - about 15,000 € for each child - are covered by DIAKOVERE Lukas Fonds with donations. Donations will be exklusively used by DIAKOVERE Lukas Fonds. They enable us to get surgery for children from war and crisis regions in DIAKOVERE Annastift hospital. Please help! Every Euro is counting!
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