Region 8 Man Walks From Memphis to Little Rock For Arkansas Children's Hospital

December 17, 2004 – Posted at 5:45 p.m. CST, updated at 10:38 a.m. on 12/20

WEST MEMPHIS – A Blytheville native started out on a journey Friday morning. Daniel White started walking from Memphis to Little Rock at 6 a.m. He was walking through Lehi in Crittenden County when K8 News caught up with him to find out what his quest is all about.

"The chapters tell you it's not about you and the last chapters tells you to go out and do a mission statement. So I prayed about it and this came to mind," said White as he flipped through the pages of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

And that was why he started at the Hernando Desoto Bridge in Memphis early Friday morning and by 11:00 a.m., was walking west on Highway 70 just outside of West Memphis.

"I decided to do this walk for the Childrens Hospital for the families who have no insurance or insufficient insurance to help pay their medical bills," said White.

"I'm trying to average four miles per hour and if I can do that it will take 34.5 hours," said White, who admits he has a way to go, "I have a support team right now and they give me Gatorade and energy bars."

But it'll take more than energy to get through this.

"My legs have started cramping a little bit but every time I seem to have trouble somebody calls me and lifts me up," said White, "But I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Even if that includes walking 138 miles non-stop.

White has raised about $4,000 dollars so far, but he hopes to raise more. Donations can be made in Daniel White's name through the Arkansas Children's Hospital at 1-800-880-7491.

Here's an unfortunate update to Daniel White's story.  According to his brother Steven White of Searcy, Daniel had to give up his walk at 5:30 a.m. Sunday due to severe cramps and exhaustion.  He did successfully cover 88 miles for more than 24 hours, and is considering trying again at a later date.