Melinda DelFratte is just your regular 62-calendar year-previous from the Hilltop who likes to swim and bicycle and operate.

Besides her devotion to sport — and her sister  landed her an Emmy.

The spunky, small-haired Columbus resident has the award nonchalantly resting on her piano, but even she gets starstruck by the piece of hardware she been given in October at the 64th annual New York Emmy Awards.

“It’s surreal,” DelFratte mentioned. “To believe that I actually am an Emmy winner is just unbelievable. It’s continue to even difficult to wrap my mind about.” 

She was 1 of two subjects involved in a documentary identified as “500+ The Ride of a Life span” that was introduced in 2019. The movie, available on YouTube, shows DelFratte participating in the Empire Point out Experience — a 540-mile bicycle ride from New York Town to Niagara Falls, New York that raises cash for most cancers research — and describing her sister’s two-time fight with the condition.

The nearly 12-moment film gained an Emmy for human fascination very long-kind documentary (lengthier than 10 minutes).

Now, she aims to use the expertise as inspiration to just take points a step additional and turn into an advocate for folks to stay a a lot more energetic existence. 

“If I could change 1 person’s brain to reside a much healthier life style, then it’s all truly worth it,” she stated.