Donned in Stormtrooper attire, Kevin Doyle walked over 500 miles to SDCC in honor of his wife Eileen Shige Doyle, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012.
He was lost without the love of his life. They shared a passion for art and for Star Wars (both were members of the 501st). He tells San Diego Tribune:
“In the time since she died, I’ve struggled with how to deal with the loss. I’ve been self-destructive and my art suffered. Being out here, my mindset is an open book. I hope I find enough healing to be creative and work in that way again.”
Kevin was inspired to embark on his journey when he realized that the distance from San Francisco to Sand Diego was 501 miles.
“When you lose somebody, you look for things like that. To me it was like she was telling me that this was something I needed to do.”
This journey was not just a beautiful act of love, but also the means to raise funds to open a foundation in her honor, Eileen’s Little Angels. He hopes to transform her artwork into coloring book, bandannas, blankets, and plush toys to share with children battling cancer.
His story is truly inspiring. Check out more amazing images of his heartfelt walk after the break.
(via San Diego Tribune)