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Hometown Hero walks to benefit child with cancer

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Rodney Davis ran 30 miles for a little boy battling cancer. (WFSB) Rodney Davis ran 30 miles for a little boy battling cancer. (WFSB)
WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A United States army veteran, who set out on a 30-mile journey for a little boy battling cancer, successfully completed his mission. 

19-year veteran Rodney Davis set out from Connecticut Children's Medical Center around 8 a.m. and arrived about eight hours later at Veteran's Memorial Park in Watertown.

“I can't even speak enough about it, and I don't really know what to say about it right now,” Davis said. “I just...I'm in awe and humbled by this little kid." 

Davis was initially going to walk alone, but, last minute, friends and other service members decided to join him.  

“His army buddies said no soldier walks alone, and they came out this morning to walk with him,” run organizer Kelly Quinn said.   

Davis and the group were greeted by friends and supporters on the other side at Veteran's Memorial Park.

Davis told Eyewitness News he was inspired to do this after learning that just  4 percent of funds go to research for pediatric cancer. He walked in silence for 5-year-old Xander, who is battling stage 4, high risk neuroblastoma.

“I'm just walking in silence because I think that speaks volumes for what we're trying to put out there for everyone to see that kids need love too,” Davis said.

If you would like to show your support for Xander, there is a GoFundMe page for him. To donate, click here.  

To nominate a Hometown Hero, click here

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