OMAHA, Neb. -- A Marine Veteran who was walking across Nebraska for a Cozad girl has completed his journey.

A walk almost three years in the making, Jim Hickey took his final steps on his cancer awareness walk on Saturday in Omaha for Paishence Hansen.

Originally starting the walk in 2021, Hickey planned a 500-mile trek across the Cornhusker state for Hansen to bring attention to her battle with medulloblastoma, a cancer affecting her brain and spine.

However, after receiving a cancer diagnosis himself, Hickey had to call the walk short after walking over 300 miles.

Still, Hickey knew he was going to follow through on the walk as soon as he could get back on his feet.

"I had five surgeries and I promised that one day I would come back and finish her walk and today (Saturday) is that day and we just finished," Hickey said.

Even though he is still battling cancer, Hickey was able to find time to fulfill his promise, spending multiple weeks in March walking across Nebraska to complete what he started back in September 2021.

Saturday, March 23, saw the final mile of the journey, ending at the Children's Hospital in Omaha.

However, he was not alone as Hickey was escorted by the Omaha Fire Department, Paishence Hansen who is now in remission, and her family.

"To kind of fit it (the walk) into his schedule it's good, it's nice, and you know, he's kind of part of our family now," Pashience's mother Tara Meyer said. 

With the walk finally completed Hickey will have surgery and undergo further cancer treatment.

In a previous interview with News Channel Nebraska, Hickey said he still intends to do more awareness walks in the future.

Governor Jim Pillen is set to honor Paishence Hansen on Monday.