Lubbock native finishes cross country run for cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/15/09

Lubbock native finishes cross country run for cancer

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -You've probably heard the saying, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  One Lubbock native just completed a trek of 1,300 on foot in an effort to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. 

NewsChannel 11 first told you about Dustin Hucks in July before he started the run from Los Angeles to Lubbock.

"It was so exciting. I've missed him. I've worried about him. I'm so grateful that he's done this," said Hucks aunt, Debbie Yoakum as family and friends welcomed him home Sunday afternoon at the Southwest Cancer Center. 

During his three month tour Hucks ran, walked, and hiked. "August 15th, on my 29th birthday, is when I started in Burbank," he said. During his trip across California, Arizona, New Mexico, and into Texas, Hucks faced injury, sickness, and losing his run crew about half way through the journey. "Not feeling well, not getting to eat when I wanted, stuff like that was kind of tough," he said. 

However, everyone he met along the way gave incredible support. "It's horrible that Cancer touches everybody, but you know people can relate," said Hucks. One of his inspirations for the run, his Aunt Debbie who doctors diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago met him at the end of his trek. When he saw her last she was in the middle of 5 different chemo treatments. Now, she's doing much better. "I'm in remission for the first time since August of 2005, so I'm blessed," Yoakum said. 

While his aunt is in remission, others aren't as lucky, so he'll continue to run to raise money for research. "Maybe do the Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada. Who knows?" Hucks said. 

He wore through several pairs of shoes and raised $1,155. Hucks is a writer and hopes to write a book about the trip. If you want to follow his future endeavors you can go to his web site at www.followtherun.org.

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