TRACY DELP AND her horse left their Port Orchard, WA home on Motherís Day to begin a cross country journey to raise awareness and funding for humans and animals with cancer. Delpís journey brought her to Coal City where she spent an evening with the Neil Trotter Family.
Ann Gill Editor
Tracy Delp is on a trek across the United States to raise awareness and funding for humans and animals with cancer.
Delp saddled up her horse on May 8 beginning a journey that will take her from her home state of Washington to Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware.
The goal, according to her website Coast 2 Coast for Cancer, is to bring everyone together for a common cause. "Putting the CAN back in the word cancer."
As she makes her way across the country at a pace of about 20 miles per day, Delp is doing her part to offer support, empowerment and a new outlook for those affected by cancer.
The ride is being conducted in memory of her mother and two canine companions who died from the disease.
Delp has traveled through Washington, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois with stops in Coal City and Custer Park.
On Sunday, Sept. 16 she was a guest at the Coal City home of Neil and Honor Trotter and the following evening was spent with the Bohac Family in Custer Park. Both families have facilities for horses, so it was the perfect location to stop for the night.
It was around 5:30 p.m. when Delp was spotted coming up Spring Road enroute to the Trotter residence.
The Coal City couple had received a call from a friend earlier in the day asking if they would be willing to board Delp's horse in their stable and provide her a place to rest for the night.
"There was never a thought about not having her," Honor said.
The couple was at Illinois State University that day for parent weekend activities with their youngest son, Nick, and made it home in time to greet their visitors.
Delp travels with a pickup truck and trailer that is driven from stop to stop by volunteers she meets along the way and a canine companion.
"Her stories are fascinating," said Honor, who spent time talking to her guest about her travels through the mountains, the terrain and her reason for making the cross country trip.
"It's an amazing journey she's on," Honor said.
Delp is seeking to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and Animal Cancer Society. She hopes to follow up her cross country journey with another fundraiser next year that includes all of the families who have assisted her along the journey. Honor said her plan is to get her hosts to ride on horseback from their homes to the next site she visited on this trip.
Delp climbed on her horse around 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 destine for the Bohac home in Custer Park. As she left the Trotter's Carbon Hill Road home she made her way south to Reed Road and continued the eastward journey through Braidwood and down Route 113 toward her next stop.
To follow her journey that has now taken her through Indiana, log onto her website at www.coast2coastforcancer.webs.com or like her on Facebook at Coast 2 Coast for Cancer.