A Huntington Beach pastor spent his 60th birthday Saturday walking more than 60 miles for a cause close to his heart.
Bob Ewing, the executive pastor of First Christian Church of Huntington Beach, decided to spend his birthday walking to raise money for Institute of Families, a nonprofit that provides counseling and support to families touched by cancer or vision-impacting diseases.
The Huntington Beach resident raised more than $8,500, surpassing his $6,000 goal.
"It was just a great day. Very painful, but I'll get over it," he said.
Ewing began his walk at 1 a.m. Saturday and finished at 8 p.m. in a parade of people back to his church, where congregation members were waiting — an emotional ending for Ewing.
"That still turns me to tears," Ewing
The walk wasn't easy for the 60-year-old, who said he started to feel it at mile 35, began losing energy at mile 40 and struggled through the last 10.