AMK Declares March 24th – March 31st ‘Andy Knapp Week’

Adventure® Medical Kits to Donate 40% of Website Sales to Ailing Midwest Mountaineering Buyer.

(OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 24th, 2009) – Adventure® Medical Kits, the leading developer of safety and survival gear for outdoor adventurers, today announced an initiative to help raise money for Andy Knapp, the Midwest Mountaineering buyer and well-known industry veteran who is currently battling cancer.

As part of ‘Andy Knapp Week’, between March 24th and March 31st AMK will be offering all outdoor industry members the opportunity to purchase gear on its website at 50% off of retail cost. AMK will then donate 40% of all money raised directly to Knapp to help offset his medical bills.

Diagnosed in 2003 with Stage 3b renal cell carcinoma, Knapp revealed last month that he was entering hospital to undergo a bone marrow transplant with the hope of attacking and reversing the renal cell growth. As SNEWS reported last week, not all of the medicines Knapp currently requires are covered by his insurance plan.

“Andy has been a huge supporter of ours from the beginning, but more importantly he’s an all-round great person whose adventurous spirit we at AMK have long admired and tried to emulate,” said AMK president Chris Gubera.

He continued, “It’s our hope this small gesture will help ease some of the financial burden Andy is facing and he can get back to doing what he loves most -- enjoying the outdoors. So, hurry up and get well already, Andy!”

The ‘Andy Knapp’ discount is available to all outdoor industry members, their friends and families. To secure the discount, key in ANDYKNAPP (case sensitive) at check-out on AMK's website.

About Adventure® Medical Kits

Adventure® Medical Kits, a division of Tender Corporation Inc., is the world leader in developing innovative first aid and outdoor survival gear that help people enjoy safe outdoor adventures. Co-designed with top emergency, outdoor, marine and travel medicine experts, AMK’s activity-specific products are specially designed to prevent and treat common injuries and ailments that occur during outdoor activities, mountaineering, hunting, sailing, hiking or traveling the world. Many of the company’s medical kits feature AMK’s unique Easy Care™ system, which organizes hospital quality supplies into injury specific compartments, allowing the novice or pro to quickly and confidently administer first aid. Additionally, the company markets a wide range of survival products, including its top-selling Thermo-Lite® Bivvy Sack and Pocket Survival Pak™; bug repellents such as Ben’s® and Natrapel®; and the world-famous insect bite treatment AfterBite®. More recently, the company signed an agreement with Z-Medica Corp. to become the exclusive distributor of QuikClot® -- a hemostatic sponge designed to stop traumatic bleeding – in the outdoor retail channel. For more information, visit


Andy Knapp

Andy Knapp,61, the long time head buyer of hardgoods at Midwest Mountaineering passed away at home on June 22, 2009. He had been fighting against kidney cancer for the past six years. In February, 2009 he entered the hospital for a full bone marrow transplant. His body rejected more