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Texas family walking for childhood cancer stops in Hahira

Julia Cobb Julia Cobb
Jonathan Cobb, Sr. Jonathan Cobb, Sr.
Jonathan Cobb, Jr. Jonathan Cobb, Jr.
HAHIRA, GA (WALB) -

The Cobb family, from Houston, Texas took a break from walking Friday to visit KB Horse Camp in Hahira, which helps children with cancer while also helping raise awareness about childhood cancer.

"Coming together and meeting people just adds fuel to our journey. We're walking so no child ever has to die with cancer," said Jonathan Cobb, Sr.

The Cobbs began their cross country walk at Disney Land in California in August of 2014 in honor of their daughter, Julia, who died of cancer in October, 2013.

"We started from the Magic Kingdom, we walked out and we have been walking and on the road ever since through 13 states," Cobb, Sr. explained.

Eight year old Julia lost her battle with cancer at Disney World in Orlando on the last day of her "Make A Wish" trip, which is why the family decided to make Disney World their destination.

"We know she's in our hearts and she's walking with us. We think about her every step we take," said Jonathan Cobb, Jr., Julia's 13 year old brother.

Melanie Pitts is the co-founder of Hugs of Hope, another South Georgia organization working to help childhood cancer patients and raise awareness.

She came out to meet the family and encourage them. "It helps spread the word of what we're doing locally for the local families," Pitts pointed out.

David Sullivan's daughter, Holly, was battling cancer, so he decided to bring her to meet the family. "The kids, it just tears us up knowin' what they're missin' out on," Sullivan expressed.

The Cobbs hope to complete their journey by Father's Day, which Julia's father said is significant as one of the last things he got from Julia was a Father's Day card.

But, reaching this goal is just one step towards reaching their ultimate goal of raising more awareness and funding for childhood cancer.

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