Overwhelming emotion swept over Tracy Delp as she looked out on the Atlantic Ocean. She had waited and planned for nearly five years for this defining moment in her life.
The sight of the breaking waves culminated a 10-month, cross-country journey on her horse Sierra to support cancer victims. Delp, 48, of Port Orchard, Wash., dedicated her Coast to Coast for Cancer ride to the memory of her mother and other relatives and friends who lost their battles with the disease.
After her mother, Mille Delp, died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, Delp said a little voice went off in her head telling her to ride across the country for cancer. She mulled it over for months. “I needed to do this or stop thinking about it all the time. I would rather try and fail than fail before I try,” she said. “The first three letters in the word cancer are c-a-n; we need to focus more on what we can do.”