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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS)After months of planning and a huge leap of faith a Fort Worth family has hit the road on the first leg of their cross country trip with two sons who both have a form of muscular dystrophy.

Both Johnathan and Kristy Gatica quit their jobs and cashed in their savings to make the trip happen. They bought an RV and had it made wheelchair accessible.

The parents say even though their sons are living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy the illness should not define their sons quality of life.

(credit: Ken Molestina/CBS 11 News)

(credit: Ken Molestina/CBS 11 News)

Excited about waking up Wednesday morning, loading up and getting on the road, mom Kristy Gatica said, “It’s finally here!”



Handfuls of friends and family gathered outside their home to see them off. After some prayer and plenty of hugs members of the Fort Worth Police Department provided the family and their RV a private escort out of their neighborhood, through nearby streets, and onto Loop 820.

(credit: Ken Molestina/CBS 11 News)

(credit: Ken Molestina/CBS 11 News)

Hayden, 11, and his 17-year-old brother, Dakota, were full of excitement as they rode off. Their description of the days events, “This is so cool.”

The boys hearts were full of jubilation and appreciation for what their parents are doing for them. Elder brother Dakota said, “Our parents are just amazing. I mean they quit their jobs to take us across America.”

Their first big stop will be the Grand Canyon later this week. The family plans on completing the cross-country journey in six separate legs that will keep them on the road until the end of the year.

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