Dustin Hucks crossed his own personal finish line beat up and tired. The run from Burbank to Lubbock, Texas in 2009 was supposed to take a month, was supposed to raise $1 million for cancer research and was supposed to begin with a media sendoff in Johnny Carson Park that could bolster his spirits for most of his 1,120-mile journey.
But on the day he left, his 29th birthday, no reporters came to Johnny Carson Park. And instead of raising $1 million, the screenwriter and journalist from Hollywood raised $1,000.
His road crew abandoned him three weeks in, taking their RV and supplies with them.
When Hucks’ aunt, Debbie Yoakum, saw him finally arrive in Lubbock, which is his home town, it was the end of weeks of worry. Though she didn’t make the journey with him physically, she said she was by his side mentally and taking every step with her nephew. On the day he finished, she watched him approach, flanked by a police escort, and no longer had to wonder whether he would sleep under a roof that night.