An ex-serviceman is preparing to attempt a heart-stopping charity challenge to help fund research into the life-limiting condition affecting his son.
Marc Clark has pledged to jump out of a plane without a parachute before being plucked to safety by a pair of professional skydivers.
The terrifying leap of faith will be raising money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Marc’s two-year-old son Jack has been diagnosed with the chronic muscle-wasting disease, for which there is currently no cure.
The 38-year-old, from Solihull, in the West Midlands, hopes that his challenge will raise in the region of £1million to improve the treatment available for sufferers.
Marc and his wife Anna first suspected there was something wrong with their son when he kept falling over.
Subsequent tests confirmed he was suffering from one of the most aggressive forms of muscular dystrophy.
“We looked it up and saw that Duchennes was one of the worst,” Marc told the Birmingham Mail.
“We hoped and prayed it wasn’t that one. But they eventually confirmed that it was.
“DMD is a cruel disease that has no cure. Every single muscle in my best mate’s little body is wasting away daily.
“On current statistics Jack may need walking aids in 12 months, then need a wheelchair around eight to 12-years-old until his last muscle – the heart – fails around his 18th birthday. It’s 100 per cent fatal.”
Although his time in the Army means that Marc is no stranger to dangerous situations, the jump will be particularly daunting given that he admits to being afraid of heights.
He is set to complete the challenge in the skies over Morocco next year.
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