Toowoomba cancer sufferer wants to die world's fastest
BRADEN Lang wants to leave behind a legacy when he dies; living his life to the fullest.
The terminally-ill man intends to ride his motorbike down the Dalby Cecil Plains Rd at 340kmh.
He is aiming to set the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on a motorbike by a terminally-ill person.
Not because he's reckless, or a speed demon, but because of a philosophy about making the most out life.
"There's a stigma about being terminally ill and people feel like they're useless," he said.
"I want to show that just because you're sick, it doesn't mean you can't achieve what you want to do."
He was first diagnosed with skin cancer aged 14.
During the 2014 Christmas period he received the devastating news that he had metastatic melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.
Recently doctors told him he had three months to live.
Despite the prognosis, Mr Lang remains upbeat and hopes to change the way people think about themselves.
"I'm of the belief that people make excuses as to why they can't do things," he said.
"If there's something that you want to do, 99% of the time you can do it; there's just a mental barrier stopping you."
He wants people to live their lives with no regrets.
"People keep making excuses as to why they can't do things and when they realise it's too late.
"So I'm trying to do everything while I can.
"Even though it's a little bit dangerous."
The 24-year-old still has to overcome obstacles from the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Transport and Main Roads before undertaking the challenge, but says it is possible.
Mr Lang is currently negotiating with both departments.
The long, almost dead-straight road will have to be closed temporarily before he makes the attempt.
Mr Lang has never been afraid of speed and regularly drag races his 2007 CBR 1000RR.
He has reached 300kmh on the racetrack.
He said if he died in the attempt at least he would go doing something he loved.
"I'd rather die doing something I love than in hospital with tubes sticking out of me," he said.
There is currently no record but Mr Lang wants to set the bar high at 340kmh.
Mr Lang also has a message about sun safety.
As a fair-skinned child he burned easily in the sun.
He said he was living proof of just how dangerous UV rays could be.
Today when he sees young women tanning themselves for hours on the beach, he thinks the message of sun safety still isn't sinking through.
He said regular skin checks could save lives.
"Five minutes at the dermatologist can save you a lifetime of pain," he said.
Brett Otto from the Melanoma Awareness Foundation agreed.
He said a person's survival rate was much higher if melanoma was detected early, but plummeted if it was allowed to spread.