Coast 2 Coast

for Cancer

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Clinton, Iowa   Channel 13 Des Moines  News Clip

Nisqually Valley News

Coast 2 Coast is featured in another article! "Can" in Cancer came out yesterday in the Nisqually Valley News.  While we were staying in Yelm, the woman who's home we stayed at called the local paper the morning we were leaving and had a reporter come out.  Here is the story that resulted from that interview.

'Can' in Cancer

Kitsap Sun

Here is the link to our article by Chris Henry that originally appeared in the Kitsap Sun.  It has since been picked up by the Seattle Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Tacoma News Tribune, KING 5, KIRO 7, and NPR, that we know of.  Here is a link to the article at its original site

 Kitsap Sun Article

Press Releases 

April 19, 2011


                                                “Toes in the Water—Pacific to Atlantic


Riders will leave on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the                 Ocean City @ Ocean Beach Approach (three miles north of Ocean Shores).                                         

April 19, 2011—for immediate release


In honor of a mother, two canine companions and two grandmothers lost to cancer, two riders will leave on horseback from the Pacific Ocean on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011 and expect to reach the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware within about eight months.  Why are they riding?  The goal is to bring everyone together for a common cause, recognizing that cancer is cancer no matter who is diagnosed and to raise awareness and money for the benefit of people and animals alike.   


Tracy Delp (Port Orchard, WA) lost her mother to pancreatic cancer three years ago and two of her beloved canine companions, Cassie and Gypsy, were also lost to cancer.  Delp has been self-employed for the last 18 years; within that time she spent nine years volunteering at Wolf Haven International leading tours for the public and she has more than 100 hours hosting talk radio and being a guest on radio programs.  She was head wrangler for an outfitter that took people on horse rides and cattle drives, which included packing for the forest service and hikers and taking people out for overnights in the back county on horseback.  She worked at a kids camp and took them out on horseback for one, two and three night excursions into the back country.  Delp currently resides with seven horses (three are foster yearlings), three dogs, two goats, and two cats; arrangements have been made for them all to stay with friends while she is making this ride.  Delp is also an internationally recognized meta-physician with her own consulting business, she conducts workshops and seminars. 


Delp said “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.”


Dan Shanafelt (Corvallis, OR) is a student at Oregon State University studying forest management.  He has been around horses since he was eight years old, attending horseback riding summer camps in the Cascades.  When old enough, Shanafelt began working at that same camp, and eventually was hired on as a wrangler, taking out guided guest rides, pack trips, and helping manage the summer camp for three years.  Shanafelt lost both of his grandmothers to cancer, and has an uncle who survived colon cancer.  “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.  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 plan on streaming video of the ride when possible and blogging the entire route on  Their route will take them from Ocean City north, through intermediary trails, then they will head east to the John Wayne Trail, Idaho Centennial Trail, Continental Divide Trail and finally to the American Discovery Trail, ending at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware.  They are expected to travel close to 5,000 miles.


 For more information, to find out how you can support the ride, or to schedule an interview with Tracy Delp (by phone or in person), please leave a message for Colleen Clark at 360.918.1149 or contact her at


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