Paddler on a personal mission

raising funds for research
raising funds for research

Mr Hodson had a sarcoma, weighing nearly a kilogram, removed from his upper leg five years ago and says he feels extremely lucky to be alive.

‘I feel very fortunate to have survived the sarcoma I had with the level of functionality I have,’ Mr Hodson said.

‘The tumour was about the size of a porterhouse steak and it was wrapped around my sciatic nerve, so that got severed when they removed it.’

Although he suffered nerve damage, Mr Hodson said he is still leading an active lifestyle, using a plastic splint to assist his movement.

‘The splint works really well and I can paddle my kayak, ride my bike and make my snowboard work, which is brilliant,’ he said.

‘I have enjoyed fighting the challenges the compromised function has presented and the kayaking is part of that fight.’

The 58-year-old, who races kayaks at the Canning Canoe Club four times a week, will take part in the Avon Descent in a team of four.

Mr Hodson said the race would be the pinnacle of his kayak racing in Perth.

‘The biggest challenge will be for the members of our team who paddle the stretches with ti-trees and the rapids in the Avon Valley,’ he said.

‘In the ti-tree section, the waterway is very narrow and winding and has overhanging branches.

‘The rapids in the Avon Valley are quite intimidating for the uninitiated.’

The father of two said it was important to raise money for sarcoma research as sarcoma made up 15 per cent of paediatric cancers and are fatal for one third of those cases.

Donate at give.everydayhero. com/au/hodson-doug.