And this week, that journey comes to Warsaw.
Tracy Delp of Washington is riding on horseback from her home on the Pacific Ocean and making a cross country journey to raise money and awareness for cancer. Delp has lost her mother, two grandmothers and two canine companions to cancer and realizes that the disease is devastating no matter who or what it affects.
An internationally recognized meta-physician with her own consulting business, Delp is also a veteran rider and, together with Dan Shanafelt of Corvallis, Ore., making the cross-country journey on horseback.
The duo is expected to arrive in Warsaw this week as they follow a route along U.S. 30.
On her website, Coast2Coast, Delp says, “My mother was a colon cancer survivor, years later she was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Watching her courage and composure made me very aware that a person Can do anything; that there is always a choice even when you think there are none.
“She did not like the diagnosis, but she did choose to live the rest of her life her way. We may not always like what is coming or what we are told, but we always ‘Can’ choose how we respond. Watching her has given me the strength to choose with the same courage and determination that she showed, to take on this ride ~ to emphasize what we ‘Can’ do. We may not always like what we are told; we may not feel we can do any more …. but we ‘Can,’ we just need to choose how we respond.”
Shanafelt has also been touched by cancer, losing both of his grandmothers, and he has an uncle who is a colon cancer survivor. “Watching the strength and determination with which my uncle tackled his disease has shown me that I can do anything I put my mind to,” he says on Coast2Coast.com “I joined this ride for the adventure, and because I believe that it is an amazing opportunity to help people whose lives have been touched by cancer as mine has been.”
Delp and Shanafelt are streaming videos of their ride when possible and blogging the entire route on www.coast2coastforcancer.webs.com.
Their journey has included trips through Ocean City, along portions of the John Wayne Trail, the Idaho Centennial Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Now, they are journeying along part of the American Discovery Trail and will continue east until reaching Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware and completing a nearly 5,000 mile journey.
While in Warsaw, Delp and Shanafelt will stay with a local family for one night, then set out again. StaceyPageOnline.com has been contacted and plans to interview Delp and Shanafelt when they arrive in town.
For more information or to find out how you can support the ride, send an email to [email protected].