'Tiger Dan' inspires Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers have rallied behind an inspirational young member in ‘Tiger Dan’ Jennings.

The 12-year-old joined Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway on the treadmill at Concord Oval in preparation for his City To Surf walk for charity.

Dan has decided to walk the annual City To Surf on Sunday, August 9 to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick – just two days before he undergoes surgery at the hospital to correct his cerebral palsy.

“During the operation, they will break Dan’s hips and legs and place metal rods to aid his walking,’’ said his father, Darren Jennings.

“Dan isn’t over the moon with the prospect of being in hospital with spints and being wheelchair bound for six weeks after the operation. He also faces up to six months of intensive physiotherapy.

“During a recent counselling session, Dan’s carer advised him to write down goals to help take his mind off things. Dan thought about it and decided to walk the City to Surf to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. He is determined to raise as much money as possible.’’

The Jennings family have since set up a web page through the hospital’s ‘Everyday Hero’ program. Wests Tigers encourage members and supporters to get behind ‘Tiger Dan’ by clicking here to make a donation

His school, Matraville Soldiers Public, will donate proceeds from a disco night on Thursday, August 6, to his fund-raising campaign.

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