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Huddersfield Giants star Darrell Girffin’s 15-hour tattoo marathon for brain tumour tot Ebonie Webb

EIGHTY minutes on the rugby pitch is no problem for 6ft 4ins, 17-stone prop forward Darrell Griffin.

Marathon tattoo session for Darrell Griffin in aid of 4-year-old Ebonie Webb.

EIGHTY minutes on the rugby pitch is no problem for 6ft 4ins, 17-stone prop forward Darrell Griffin.

But the Giants star is taking on a whole new pain dimension in a 15-hour tattoo marathon.

The 30-year-old is braving the needle to raise cash to help little Ebonie Webb whose father, Michael, is a Giants fan.

Four-year-old Ebonie was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just six months old and needs a special kind of proton therapy which is only available in the USA and costs £75,000.

Darrell said: “I like tattoos – I’ve got quite a few already – and I just thought I’m in a position to help and I’d hope people would help if I was in the same position.

“The worst tattoo I’ve sat for before is four hours and then I was ready to throw in the towel so it’s going to be a hard 15 hours.

“We thought it’s no big deal just getting a tattoo and the tattooist offered and we thought it would be a real challenge to do 15 hours.”

On October 16 Darrell will be having an angel with two cherubs inked on to the left hand side of his torso.

The cherubs will represent his two children, five-year-old Jacob and two-year-old Maya.

And he will also have a ‘sleeve tattoo’ done which will cover his whole left arm.

The Super League player met Ebonie’s dad while doing autographs for fans at the Galpharm Stadium.

“We became good friends and I wanted to do something to help,” he said.

“I also have two young children who are a similar age to Ebonie.

“Ebonie came to my little girl’s second birthday party.

“She is terrific and she’s faced so much for such a young age.

“She’s had major brain surgery twice and she’s constantly going in for blood transfusions and is getting ill because her immune system is so low.

“Even after going through all this she’s still amazing and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all.”

Ebonie, from Barnsley, underwent 18 months of intense chemotherapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

At one point her cancer was in remission but the tumour grew back again.

The chemotherapy has already caused lasting damage and doctors have told her parents she won’t be able to have children.

Radiotherapy would put her at a high risk of brain damage, blindness and deafness and would also affect her growth.

Ebonie lives with her dad, Michael, mum Leanne and sister Poppie in Barnsley.

Friends and family have already managed to raise £54,000 towards the proton treatment.

The treatment in North America will take 14 weeks from start to finish but will give her the best chance of future health.

Darrell will be having his tattoos done at Pro-Body in Barnsley and fans will be able to come and watch the work being done.

Ebonie’s father said: “Dave and Maxine, the owners of Pro-Body, have been fantastic as well as Ash the tattooist and my thanks also go to Darrell, who has not only agreed to this extraordinary challenge but has also donated numerous items to help out.

“I hope supporters consider helping out in any way they can. It means so much to us as a family and I hope to bring Ebonie to the Galpharm Stadium to watch plenty of Giants’ games in the future.”

For more information, and details about how to donate to Ebonie’s Appeal visit www.eboniewebb.bbnow.org

 

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