Family walking across America to honor 8-year-old cancer victim

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HOUSTON - Meet Jennifer, Jonathan, Jonathan, Jenna and Jaxie Cobb. Julia’s not here but she’s the reason they walk.

“Our family is on a walk across America 4,000 mile journey to honor our daughter we lost at eight years of age and we’re walking from Disneyland to Disney World - California to Florida" explains mom, Jennifer Cobb.

Julia or “Ju” died in 2013 after a 22-month long battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

The family’s journey to raise money and awareness has already covered more than 2,200 miles in 192 days. The Bayou City marks the halfway point of their journey which they celebrated with a Southside Place Fire Department escort down Holcombe to the Med Center.

The Cobbs love Houston and it’ll take more than rain to dampen their spirits. “Houston, Texas is one of the reasons why we walked across America to come to MD Anderson to say thank you to the amazing team of doctors and nurses,” says dad Jonathan Cobb.

Julia’s siblings know their mission is important and are proud to walk in her name. Julia’s sister, Jenna tells us about her sister, “She was a very brave girl and I’m very inspired by her.” Her older brother, Jonathan, says, “I miss her a lot. I wish she was still here to be walking with us today but if she hadn’t passed away I’m sure we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing right now so I’m happy and sad that she’s not here.”

The Cobbs hope the money and awareness they raise during this walk will keep others from losing a loved one. Their mission truly is a walk of life.