Serviceman’s leopard crawl bid round the 10.41 kilometer perimeter of RAF Honington to raise money for brain tumour victim
PUBLISHED: 14:44 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 13 March 2018
It’s being billed as a fundraising challenge with the “wow” factor.
And now Flt Lt Daz White is gearing up for his world record leopard crawl attempt round the entire 10.41 kilometer perimeter of RAF Honington.
The 38-year-old father of three boys has set aside 12 hours for his challenge starting at the crack of dawn at 6am and hoping to finish by 5pm later the same day.
And it’s all being carried out to raise funds for brain tumour victim and close friend Flt Sgt Jordan Brown ... and taking place on Thursday, March 29, a year to the day when it was discoverd he had a large tumour following scans at the West Suffolk Hospital.
Flt Lt White, who is an intelligence officer at the base, near Bury St Edmunds, is not a stranger to fundraising stunts and is hoping his latest exploit will raise £3,500 - 1% of Flt Sg Brown’s goal of £350,000 to undergo specialist treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre, in Texas, and support his wife Debbie and their two young children Sam, 10, and Grace, four.
“I wanted an event that would have the ‘wow’ factor or works to that effect and that is exactly what I am getting,” said Flt Lt White.
“This event will be emotional for many reasons. We are a warrior race and the pain I feel after 10.41 kilometers will eventually fade away. Some feelings will not.”
For he and his wife Siobhan lost her stepfather to brain cancer back in 2016 and when he heard about Flt Sgt Brown’s plight it was only a matter of time before another challenge faced him.
Both men, who live on the base, had children born on Boxing Day 2012 and it was following a birthday party that Mrs White inspired her husband to attempt “something crazy” for the Brown family.
Flt Sgt Brown, whose role at Honington was to co-ordinates air strikes, said: “He, (Flt Lt White) was a complete stranger to us and we have now made more friendships through the cancer than if I had still been in the military and have made lifelong friends because of this.”
But the 36-year-old, who said the tumour had been growing for 10 years, added that more funding was needed to be found for the illness.
“The lack of funding for brain turmour research is really low and should be looked at more but since Labour MP Tessa Jowell opened up about her illness she has helped to raise awareness of it.”
He has had hours of painstaking surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, to try and remove as much of the turmour as possible but without success.
FLT LT WHITE’S OTHER FUNDRASING EXPLOITS
He has supported charities throughout his career in the RAF raising funds for service charities and personal causes.
He has been aiming to complete an endurance event every year since his Doha to Dover Challenge in 2011 covering 6,567kms running, cycling and swimming.
He has also climbed Mount Everest on an indoor climbing tower.
Completed a marathon in a wheelchair.
Pulled a Red Arrow with a tractor at RAF Scampton, in Lincolnshire, on Families’ Day.
A Tough Mudder in 2016 with his wife Siobhan following the loss of her stepfather.
The MD Anderson Cancer Centre puts the focus exclusively on cancer and has seen cases of every kind.
The doctors treat more rare cancers in a single day than most physicians see in a lifetime and is one of the largest cancer centres in the world. It has been working to eliminate cancer for more than seven decades and it has more nurses per patient than many hospitals in the USA.
It is also world-renowned for using and developing front-line diagnostic technology which lets physicians pinpoint each patient’s unique cancer and tailor treatment for the best possible outcome.