Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
This July, nearly 100,000 people traveled to San Diego for the annual nerd-fest Comic-Con, but no one made an entrance quite like Kevin Doyle. And although he’s from Minnesota, the social media sensation has a Rochester connection — he studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Doyle, 57, has earned international headlines after walking more than 600 miles down the California coast dressed like a Storm Trooper. The eccentric Star Wars fan walked 20 to 45 miles every day between public campgrounds, where 67% of Americans do the majority of camping.
The Star Wars fan says he’s raising money for a charity that honors his late wife. The #501MileWalk is raising money for Eileen’s Little Angels, which creates comfort bags for children struggling through chemotherapy. Doyle says when he searched Google for the distance between his San Francisco home and the convention, he found it was 501 miles, coincidentally the name of a group he joined with his late wife, the 501st Legion.
“When you lose somebody, you look for things like that,” Doyle said. “To me it was like she was telling me that this was something I needed to do.”
Doyle says he was completely crushed when his wife died from cancer in 2012. Eileen Doyle was a comics artist, and her love-struck husband proposed while wearing a Darth Vader costume. The couple would sometimes attend conventions wearing their matching Storm Trooper outfits, but after her death Kevin Doyle says he struggled to keep his life together while grieving.
Now, he’s hoping to channel his wife’s memory and do some good at the same time. Through his popular Twitter account, Doyle has been gaining followers, posing for photographs, and meeting his new fans while trekking down the California coastline.
— 501 Mile Walk (@501MileWalk) June 21, 2015
LucasArts even helped the widower get a free pass to Comic-Con. And after the convention is over, he plans to turn around and walk right back up the coast again.