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Woman crosses America to raise awareness of domestic violence

Meredith Cherry and her horse Apollo are walking across America to raise awareness about domestic violence. (Photo: KOMO News)

ROY, Wash. -- It’s a 10,000-mile journey designed to create awareness about domestic violence. Meredith Cherry and her horse Apollo are walking across America.

“This is a ride for domestic-violence awareness,” said Meredith Cherry who is calling the journey the Centauride. “I’m a survivor.”

For 12 years, Cherry found herself in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship. Now she’s taking that trauma and sharing it with others. It’s estimated one in three women will fall victim to domestic violence nationwide.

Cherry will be visiting domestic-violence centers, shelters, schools and community centers to bring awareness to the “silent epidemic.”

“I have a lot of time to think and a lot time to heal and a great horse to listen to me as go through it,” she said.

Apollo is helping Meredith move forward. Tuesday marked 80 days on what will be a four-year trip through the lower 48 states. She and her horse left from the Sacramento area on Jan. 1.

“It’s a challenge to find places to staym but I’ve been finding nice people everywhere - I’m just networking as I go,” Cherry said.

On Tuesday Cherry and Apollo walked from Yelm to Roy. They stayed at a ranch in Roy. Kathy Richardson was awaiting their arrival and fully supports their mission.

“This is the three -ear anniversary of a very good friend of mine,” said Kathy Richardson who owns the ranch. “She felt like she had nowhere to go (as a result of domestic violence,) and she took her life.”

And that’s why Cherry is crossing the country spreading awareness about the silent epidemic one step at a time.

“I just think it’s an awesome cause, and I hope she is able to do it and have great success and bring as much awareness to domestic awareness as she can,” said Richardson.

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