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Man walks from Chicago to Busch Stadium for St. Louis girl, 6, with cancer

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Jim Hickey arrived at Busch Stadium Saturday after walking all the way from Wrigley Field in Chicago. His walk was in honor of Lydia Boyer, a St. Louis six-year-old with brain cancer. (Credit: KMOV) Jim Hickey arrived at Busch Stadium Saturday after walking all the way from Wrigley Field in Chicago. His walk was in honor of Lydia Boyer, a St. Louis six-year-old with brain cancer. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

New Jersey native Jim Hickey wanted to raise awareness for childhood cancer in a big way, and he decided to pick a little girl in St. Louis for inspiration.

Hickey, 56, walked 303 miles from Wrigley Field in Chicago to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to raise awareness for kids with cancer. He arrived at Busch Stadium Saturday afternoon.

His walk is in honor of a little girl from St. Louis named Lydia Boyer. She is battling brain cancer.

Hickey found Lydia's story on Facebook completely at random, and said her story stole his heart.

The walk took Hickey weeks to complete. On average, he walked 20 miles a day, taking breaks along the way to heal from blisters and shin splints.

"It's incredible for us for a complete stranger to contact us from New Jersey, just because of our daughter and the impact she's making," Lydia's father Josh Boyer said. "It shows us that there's so many people who care in the world and you hear about a lot of things that are wrong with the world a lot of times unfortunately, and people like Jim Hickey are what's right in the world."

The walk from Chicago to St. Louis was just a warm up. Hickey said he plans on completing a cross-country walk to raise more money for kids with cancer.

You can donate to Lydia's GoFundMe page here to help with medical expenses.

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