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Family walks 4000 miles to Disney World in memory of their daughter (8) who lost battle with cancer

Published 29/07/2015 | 12:04

Julia's family reaching Disney World last month
Julia's family reaching Disney World last month
Julia pictured in Disney Land with the Make-a-Wish Foundation before her death.

An American family has walked thousands of kilometres to celebrate the life of their daughter, who died in 2013 after a battle with paediatric cancer.

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Parents Jennifer and Jonathon Cobb and their three children walked from Disney Land in California to Disney World in Florida in a journey to remember their daughter Julia (8) who died of Ewing’s sarcoma.

Before her death, Julia had visited Disney Land with The Make-a-Wish Foundation and her family were keen to raise awareness for the charity.

"The walk itself took 320 days," Jennifer Cobb, Texas told TODAY.com.

"We decided to walk from Disney Land to Disney World because that's where we had our last great memories of Julia."

"We did it on a wing and a prayer,” she said.

Julia pictured in Disney Land with the Make-a-Wish Foundation before her death.
Julia pictured in Disney Land with the Make-a-Wish Foundation before her death.
Julia's family reaching Disney World last month

The parents took turns walking an average of 25 miles each day with their children who are 13, 11 and 4. The mum and dad took turns driving an SUV along the route so their children could rest if they wanted to and home-schooled the kids throughout the journey.

The Cobb family were supported along the journey by those affected by cancer as their tragic story spread and they reached Disney World on Father’s Day of this year.

The family have now launched a charity to honour their late daughter and hope to build an area in the Houston hospital where Julia passed away to comfort families coping with seriously-ill children.

“Every day we still struggle. It's great to talk about the fun, inspirational walk, but we are grieving still. We very much miss our daughter every day. But in the midst of our grief, we said, what's the best way to get through this? To help other people. If we walked 4,000 miles and only impacted one person, then it's still worth it."

Julia's family reaching Disney World last month
Julia's family reaching Disney World last month
Julia pictured in Disney Land with the Make-a-Wish Foundation before her death.

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