An online fundraising site has popped up to help support the family of Christopher White, the Patchogue-Medford alum who was killed on his motorcycle on Veteran’s Highway in Bohemia on Saturday.
The online donation and dedication page “Christopher White’s Family Fund” is hosted on Giveforward.com and has an end-goal of $50,000. To date, the site has collected $12,055 for White’s family.
The page’s introduction reads, in part:
“Chris was a man that would do whatever he needed to do to provide for his family and I would like to continue to do that for him. Thank you all for your generosity and support through this difficult time.”
News of the page spread virally through Facebook as people from all over Long Island shared the page, encouraging others to donate.
White was returning from his volunteer work as a member of “Boots on the Ground,” a nonprofit organization that serves veterans with various needs throughout the year. On September 28 he was heading back from providing a motorcycle escort for WWII veterans who were flying out of Long Island MacArthur Airport for a trip to Washington D.C. He was at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Veteran’s Highway when 55-year-old Paul Porrini allegedly ran through a red light and struck White and three other vehicles. Porrini has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.
White left behind a wife, Dorothy, and three sons, Ryan, Caleb and Jack, all under the age of nine.