Petaluma man Kevin Doyle takes pride in being a prominent member of the 501st Legion, one of the largest cosplay groups in the world. His wife, Eileen, used to tease him about it, but those days are over. Eileen passed due to complications with pancreatic cancer in 2012, and there’s not a day that Kevin doesn’t think of her.
That’s why Kevin walked all the way from their home in northern California down to San Diego for this year’s Comic-con in his Stormtrooper uniform, to honor her memory and raise money for a charity that serves her memory, called Eileen’s Little Angeles.
The Coast News spoke with Kevin about his undertaking:
“Eileen has passed, but her memory does not,” Doyle said, all the while dressed in full Stormtrooper armor.
“Doing the walk down the West Coast in armor was really the only choice I had,” said Doyle.
Along the way, Doyle’s made pace at around twenty miles a day, staying in the homes of friends and fellow 501st legionnaires. A GoFundMe page set up by the 501st got him a four day hotel stay to enjoy the Con and share his story, but he plans to take the train back home, and admits he’s in no rush.
“I have a few things to do on the way up,” he said. “I don’t know how long it will take me.”
What may happen when he gets back to San Francisco is walking across the Golden Gate Bridge with a full garrison of costumed Stormtroopers, he said.
“We’ll see what happens after this,” he said. “I kind of left this as an open book for me.”