Twenty-five-year old Jinna Yang was seeking closure. Her father, 52-year old Jay Kwon Yang, had just passed away after a long battle with stomach cancer. Jinna, the oldest of three siblings, was grieving the loss of the man who'd largely raised her alone.
"My parents split up when I was seven. For the majority of my childhood, he was both my mom and my dad," said Yang. "He never made us want for anything."
Yang's father came to the U.S. from Korea as a teenager. He helped his family make ends meet by working as a dishwasher and busboy at a restaurant. He earned a full college scholarship and eventually owned his own dry cleaning business, working long hours every day, six days a week.
Yang says she didn't realize how much he'd sacrificed until she was a 19. A few years later, he was diagnosed with cancer. Within two years, he was gone.
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Yang decided to honor his memory by fulfilling one of his dreams.
"He was the rock of the family. The caretaker. The fun guy. Always smiling, always laughing," said Yang. "But my dad never got to travel. I know he really wanted to before he passed, and he just kept pushing it back and pushing it back until he was just too sick to do anything."
Yang found one of her favorite photos of her late father -- smiling, in a tux, from a church event. She quit her job. She gave up her apartment. She sold off and donated all her belongings. She booked a one way ticket to Europe and took off for a month-long adventure, with a life-sized, cardboard cutout of her father tucked under her arm.