6 February 2012
Palmerston North based company, spidertracks,
is teaming up with melanoma survivor, Jeremy Burfoot, to help raise awareness against skin cancer. On February 7, Burfoot will attempt to break two personal water craft (jet-ski) world records at Lake Karapiro in support of early melanoma detection and treatment.
Spidertracks, a GPS satellite tracking company, will be supplying him with live tracking for the event. Burfoot’s family and fans will be able to follow his progress through spidertracks’ tracking system which monitors his position, submitting speed and distance reports in real time.
Mr Burfoot already holds the 24-hour distance record and will be attempting two more - the longest distance travelled in six hours and the shortest time taken to complete 1000 kilometers. His motivation for the record is to promote his message: early melanoma detection will save your life.
Spidertracks director of operations, James McCarthy, is proud to offer support to such an important cause.
“At spidertracks we’re committed to saving lives, so when we were asked to help raise awareness for this disease, we were eager to sign on.”
Mr Burfoot’s passion for life and communicating his message was first ignited in 2005 after being diagnosed with melanoma himself.
“It made me realize how precious and precarious life is. I wouldn't be alive today if my melanoma hadn't been detected early. Melanoma’s a deadly cancer, but if you check your skin regularly and catch it early there’s a better chance of survival,” says Mr Burfoot.
Spidertracks is a world leader in satellite GPS tracking for aircraft. Their compact and portable units have been revolutionary to the aviation industry and are easily transferrable to any vehicle. Their passion for safety and commitment to saving lives makes them the perfect partner in Burfoot’s crusade against melanoma.