Coast-To-Coast Rider Spreads Cancer Awareness
Tracey Delp, 49, of Port Orchard began her coast-tocoast horseback ride well over a year ago on Mother’s Day in 2011. Her trek was cut short that November due to snow, but only after she was able to make her way through the Rocky Mountains.
According to Delp, she would return to St. Regis, Mont., in mid-April 2012 to resume her ride that wound along the border of Badlands National Park and on through Iowa, Illinois, Indianna, Ohio and into Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed the beauty of local Buchanan State Forest.
In Fulton County, Delp was able to seek refuge from the worsening winter weather at the McConnellsburg home of Todd and Hilary Alexander as well as with fellow horse enthusiasts Clem and Jana Malot.
The Malots were made aware of Delp’s journey and need for boarding in the area of the Lincoln Highway by Dorene Beckley, Bedford County director of the Pennsylvania Equine Council. The Malots told the “News” their house guest arrived by horse, and not donkey, on Sunday, December 23.
During Delp’s departure Christmas Eve, the Malots said they couldn’t help but recall the story of the man who prayed for God to visit him and in turn was greeted by various visitors ranging from beggars and cripples to the poor. All of whom were turned away by the man.
“She was a very nice person, very shy and ever so thankful for the simple things we did for her such as fresh-baked Christmas cookies, a place for her horse to rest, a shower, a bed and a couple of meals,” said the Malots.
Delp stated she felt guided to launch the Coast To Coast ride after her mother’s passing from pancreatic cancer as well as other relatives, friends and even pets who have died from cancer. A benefit for cancer awareness, in particular the Ride Allen Cody Fund, the response from those Delp has encountered along the trail has been overwhelming especially here in the commonwealth. People have been very receptive to her cause by opening up their homes, barns and wallets with donations.
The physical aspect of the ride has been tough as was the heat wave in the Midwest, especially in the Badlands; the traffic across Illinois; and the Narrows in Bedford County. However, even the harder parts of the ride have been rewarding for Delp, who is amazed by the people she has met and appreciative of the support she has received.
The end goal however, is to “bring everyone together for a common cause, recognizing that cancer is cancer no matter whom is diagnosed.”
Expected to close out her journey at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware, Delp is unsure when exactly that will be. “It’s not about when I get there, but the journey and who I encounter on the way,” Delp told the Malots.
Residents interested in learning more about Delp’s coast- to- coast ride can check out her Web site at http://coast2coastforcancer. webs.com/. Delp is accepting monetary donations in connection with her trip. Donors can specify one of three options to allocate to, including funding the ride, cancer for animals or cancer for people.