Lubbock native plans cross country run for cancer research - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/19/09

Lubbock native plans cross country run for cancer research

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Soles to the pavement, one foot in front of the other for 40 miles a day. Dustin Hucks plans to run the 1,265 miles from Los Angeles to Lubbock.

"When he first told me I thought this boy is crazy, but it kind of runs in the family," said his aunt, Debbie Youkum. 

Hucks lives in California now, but grew up in Lubbock, where Yoakum still lives. Four years ago, doctors diagnosed Debbie with cancer. "It was already stage 4 when we found it," she said. 

"You always kind of feel helpless when you find out somebody has cancer," said Hucks. A few months ago, Hucks decided he did not want to feel helpless anymore. He would do whatever he could, and he knew he could run. "It hit me all at once, and I thought, you know, I can run home and I can do it for the American Cancer Society."

Through sponsorships and donations, he hopes to raise $1 million for cancer research during his cross country run through deserts, over mountains, and into the great plains of Texas.  When he's done, his family will wait with open arms to welcome him in Lubbock. "He's going to have a lot of people who love him a lot waiting on him to get here, and even though I won't be with him physically, I'll be with him in spirit every step that he takes," said Youkum. 

Hucks will start on August 15th, and hopes to finish the run in about a month. Last week Hucks was talking with Nike about a possible sponsorship. He is still looking for donations, so if you would like to help or want more information you can visit his website at www.followtherun.org.

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