Ex Great Marlow School student Jack Cox has completed the huge challenge of crossing the 80 miles distance from the Bahamas to Florida on a paddleboard.
Jack who left Great Marlow School 2 years ago, is from Medmenham, and currently at University in Essex.
Jack was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was 18-months-old, and thanks to his fundraising effort linked to the challenge, has raised over $10,000 to help fund further research into the condition. Some of the funds will be used to provide financial support for fellow sufferers and their families.
Many sponsors were part of the Great Marlow School community, and it is still possible to donate via www.crowdrise.com/donate/event/CrossingForACure2019 (search for “Jacks Crossing for a Cure” in the dropdown box)
Jack had to endure harsh conditions- 30 degrees centigrade heat and very choppy seas. Jack told MyMarlow “It was the by far the hardest thing mentally and physically I have ever done. My board was circled by a great white shark, and ended up going the furthest anyone with cystic fibrosis has ever gone.”
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects more than 10,000 people in the UK. The condition affects the lungs and digestive system and requires daily medication; Jack’s medication takes him around three hours a day to deal with. Despite this strict medical regime and working towards a degree, Jack has been training and fundraising on campus, supported by his team-mates.