A Washington woman is traveling by horseback across the country for cancer awareness and she made her way through the Valley on Wednesday.
“I figure if I can ride a horse across the U.S., there’s a lot more we can do,” said Tracy Delp.
Delp made the decision to ride her horse Sierra across the country for cancer awareness after losing her mother to pancreatic cancer.
“That year on my birthday, a voice in my head said ‘you should ride a horse across the U.S. for cancer.’ I am calling it coast to coast for cancer,” Delp said.
She started her journey in April in Ocean City, Wash., and is going to end in Cape Henlopen, Del.
And, there’s a twist to Delp’s efforts. Not only is she riding for people with cancer, she’s also trying to bring awareness to animals with cancer.
“It costs more to treat an animal with cancer than a person,” Delp said.
Donors can choose where their money goes or they can help fund the ride.
“People are affected, animals are affected, and if we start working together, I think it’s gonna make a difference,” Delp said.
Since her trip started, many people, even strangers, have offered to work with her. Host families provide a place to sleep for Delp and her horse each night.
“I couldn’t have made it this far without the help of people,” she said.
Or without her loyal partner, Sierra. She’s already gone 3,000 miles and still has a long way to go before reaching Delaware.
“It could be another 20 days. You figure 2 to 3 miles an hour, we average 15 to 20 miles a day. But then there are things you don’t anticipate,” Delp said.
Delp hopes to make the ride a bigger event with a coast-to-coast relay for cancer.
“People can walk it, they can ride a horse, or they can ride a motorcycle. That’s my plan,” she said.
Found at WWYTV