KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A pastor from Port Angeles is making his way across Washington State by foot, bike and kayak. Today, he passed through the Tri-Cities.
Last year, Joe DeScala lost his cousin to a deadly illness.
It's been heavy on his heart ever since to help the family left behind.
Pastor Joe was inspired to start the Mended Orphans and Widows Fund through his church so he could help others in the community who've suffered from loss.
Combining this with his passion for endurance sports, he's in Kennewick on day 14 of a 34 day trip completing a 1,300 mile circle.
Tomorrow, he begins his kayak leg on the Columbia River and then will finish several marathons as he runs up the coast and back to Port Angeles.
"I hope this inspires people to do something similar in their own region,” DeScala said. “A big part of this trip too was to inspire people to do things in their own community that have a similar heartbeat ."
Descala is more than halfway to his goal of raising $10,000. To find out how you can donate or join the effort, visit wearemended.org/oaw.