BAGRAM AIRFILED, Afghanistan — Daniel E. “Dan” London has been deployed for about two years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, but still maintains a close connection to his home area of Elizabethtown, Ky.
That connection was shown May 24 when he let about 30 co-workers pour very cold water over him in support of a local charity in memory of Addison Jo Blair who was lost to cancer at a very young age.
“We had 30 participants last night which exceeded expectations,” said London. “I'm so proud and appreciative of the team coming together to support such a worthy cause and honoring our angel, Addison Jo Blair.”
London said he saw Facebook posts of friends participating in ‘cold water challenges’ and in talking with Stacey Cecil learned that the challenges were creative ways to provide financial support to anti-cancer charities. He decided to have a ‘cold water challenge’ in Afghanistan for the charity he and Cecil both support.
“It was a way for me to connect to home … we all lose those ‘home connections’ because people come and go in our lives and life passes us by since we are 7000 miles away from friends and family,” London said. “It also gave our team a chance to come together in support of esprit de corps and do something fun in a place that isn't so fun most times.”
London, who is the 3-401st Army Field Support Brigade deputy to the commanding officer, said there is much interest another event with talk of maybe using pies next time.
The event resulted in more than $400 being pledged.