PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Canadian woman and her dog, Beast, are walking from Quebec to Texas to raise money and awareness for medical charities.

After walking 20 miles Friday, 61-year-old Ghislaine Beaudoin, reached Erie, Pennsylvania and got stuck.

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She couldn’t find anywhere to stay because of her dog.

That’s when the Erie Police Station and a few good samaritans stepped in to help her continue her journey.

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As it turns out, the strangers who came to her rescue have similar traveling goals.

“Our aspiration is to do the Appalachia trail, and I’m a nurse, that’s what I do, I help people,” said Yolanda Jefferson, the woman who offered Beaudoin a place to stay.

Beaudoin is traveling light.

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She’s continuing her 2,000 mile journey with only a stroller strapped down with a tent and some other traveling basics.