Family Walks From Disney to Disney To Honor Late Daughter
Disney (World or Land) is a dream come true for children and adults alike. The park is filled with our favorite characters, castles and rides. Our favorite childhood movies come to life! But for one family, this dream park holds an important place in their hearts.
Julia Cobb, who was 8 years old when she died from cancer, loved visiting Disney World more than most kids! She loved everything about it. So her family couldn't think of a better way to honor her than walking from park to park.
"We can't choose what happened to Julia,” Jonathan Cobb, Julia's father, told the news outlet, “But we can choose the steps we take next."
Julia died in 2013 while on a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in Florida. They started the JuCan Foundation, which raises awareness for pediatric cancer. The “Ju” is for Julia, and Can stands for “conquer, advocate, next generation,” the foundation’s website explains.
Julia’s parents and three siblings set off on their journey in August 2014 to honor their beloved daughter. The family walked through 14 different states in 320 days and 4,018 miles. They walked an average of 20 - 25 miles a day, with Jennifer and Jonathan (parents) taking turns driving their supply packed SUV aside the crew. They stopped along the way meeting other families battling pediatric cancer.
They completed the trek on June 21, but don't plan on stopping their mission there. They plan to build a “JuCan Castle” in Houston, where families can stay while their children are being treated at the Texas Medical Center.
H/T Huffington Post