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Imperial Beach family traveling America after cancer diagnosis returns home

A family of eight traveled across 48 states after the father was diagnosed with cancer.
Posted at 12:51 PM, Nov 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-19 18:45:52-05

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) — Over a year ago, Matt Henry gave 10News an exclusive tour of his unconventional home on wheels – a school bus transformed into a cozy haven.

Back then, he was gearing up for an adventure with his wife and their six children. They were ready to see some parts of the country.

In his words, the journey "escalated." The family of eight from Imperial Beach saw all 48 states in the continental United States over the span of 365 days.

The Henry family rolled back into town about two weeks ago.

Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago.

The former Pastor said his severe symptoms started to subside after he turned to prayer. As his health improved, he and his family decided to embark on this cross-country journey.

“I was really sick for a long time, and I couldn't be around the noise. I couldn't be around the kids," Henry said. "This was such a good time. We were always together."

Henry and his wife, Christy, agreed that the family came back to Imperial Beach stronger because of the trip.

“The past 7 years of Matt’s cancer journey were really hard, really difficult to work through. And so to have the gift of this year to just recover and rebuild," said Christy.

Henry documented his battle with cancer and the family's trip on Instragram at @imperialbeachdad.