Friday 15 December 2017

Man walks 650 miles to Comic-Con dressed as Star Wars Stormtrooper to honour late wife

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

There were thousands of people dressed in costume at San Diego Comic-Con, but here's the reason one man stood out.

Kevin Doyle donned a Stormtrooper costume and embarked on a 645 mile journey, in memory of his late wife Eileen.

Doyle told The Coast News that he made the pilgrimage in order to raise funds for 'Eileen's Little Angels', the children's cancer charity he set up in her name.

Eileen lost her life after a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2012, aged 45.

Both Eileen and Kevin were huge fans of the Star Wars franchise. When he proposed, Kevin was in costume as Darth Vadar and R2-D2 served as the ring bearer at their nuptials.

"Doing the walk down the West Coast in armor was really the only choice I had,” Doyle told The Coast News.

"We were both Star Wars fans," he explained. "She was a self-proclaimed geek and he was dork and we were OK with that."

The journey took over a month. Doyle left Star Wards Museum the Racho Obi-Wan in Northern California on June 6th and arrived in downtown San Diego for Comic-Con on July 9th.

During the 645 mile walk, he endured heat waves, rain storms, and even had to shimmy carefully along a cliff edge before arriving at his destination.

Once he made it, he was greeted with a standing ovation at the Star Wars panel which welcomed Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

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