(PRWEB) February 10, 2005
Les Bissell is a man on a mission Â he calls it a ÂVoyage of HopeÂ Â and thanks to 21st century technology, we can all follow along with him.
In early spring this year, avid sailor and athlete Bissell set sail in his 28-foot sloop, Hope, from Annapolis, Maryland, on a three-year voyage around the world. This is not one of those Âjust because I canÂ or Âget away from it allÂ adventures. ItÂs more of a Âbecause I still canÂ celebration.
Bissell, who at age 37 suffered a sudden, severe stroke in January 2002, is sailing the globe to heighten awareness about strokes Â the signs, symptoms and recovery Â and to give courage to all current and future stroke victims. Having won the hard fight to recover, he is partnering with National Stroke Association (NSA) to spread the message of hope.
Now Bissell is out there on the ocean, accompanied only by and an amazing global tracking and communications system donated by Houston-based Remote Knowledge, Inc.
The rk3000 marine telematics device installed on the Hope by Remote Knowledge keeps the sailors in touch with their land-based team around the clock and around the world through the Iridium satellite network and SiRF GPS technology, delivering a seamless global communications platform. The rk3000, while offering continuous monitoring and reporting of HopeÂs activity, also provides location-based services such as two-way text messaging, allowing Bissell to communicate the instant he requires assistance.
ÂThe safety and peace of mind provided to Les Bissell by these combined technologies are truly extraordinary. National Stroke Association is also excited about the possibility that these communications systems can help Les and NSA increase the awareness about stroke around the world,Â said James Baranski, CEO of NSA.
Bissell and NSA share the same goal with the ÂVoyage of HopeÂ: They want to attract media attention to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of stroke. According to NSA (http://www.stroke.org), nearly 80 percent of strokes are preventable, one-third occur in persons under age 65, and stroke is the third largest killer in the USA.
Because of Remote KnowledgeÂs rk3000, the person who reads about the voyage in a newspaper or magazine or sees the story on television can follow up by going online to http://www.voyageofhope.org, reading about Bissell, tracking the trip, and learning about strokes
Update on Voyage of Hope, February, 2005
Hope Captain Les Bissell reports via e-mail that he is in New Zealand, visiting a friend, taking a break from the sea. He is at the Bay of Islands, near the town of Opua, New Zealand.
Next stop: Tonga, then Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Australia, and on to various stops in the Indian Ocean, around the tip of Africa into the South Atlantic and interesting ports of call, heading north until Hope reaches home, Annapolis, Maryland, in about two years.
Bissell ends the e-mail with praise for the boatÂs communication system: ÂLove the RK (Remote Knowledge) equipment. I highly recommend it!Â
For media information, contact:
Tommy Holmes, 713-839-1883,
Allie Rasmussen at Remote Knowledge, 281-599-4947, or
Marty Vogt at Remote Knowledge, 281-599-4945.