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Panda #stepsforbeth

Y’all ready for a partay? I am! In fact, I’m packing my bags (yes, red nose and floppy shoes included) in prep for InstructureCarn in Keystone, CO. I was going to ask my buddy Josh (Mr. Coates to you, btw) if he’d share an Uber with me, but then I ‘bumped’ into Beth from #stepsforbeth. Turns out she’s going this year!

A BIT ABOUT BETH

I missed catching up with her last year. For those who don’t know, days before her flight to InstructureCon 2017, she was hit with a super rare (1%) spinal stroke and was paralyzed from the waist down. Although we didn’t connect, I (along with many of my Canvas friends) followed her every step in her heroic journey back to health.

And just recently, she announced:

“Y'all....I got approval!!! Well 2 out of 4 of my medical team and my boss. With restrictions (i.e. wheelchair and must travel with someone who can assist me...family/friends are going to have to draw straws for this one).”

Of course, this made my giant panda heart happy. I first met <Beth> when she joined the Canvas Community in June of 2015. She’s a sharer (like me) and posts all sorts of goodies in the Community. We connected at InstructureCon 2015. I was just chillaxin’ by the tents, feeling all “kumbayawesome,” when (click!) she took this beautiful picture (Snapchat wasn’t really a thing back then).

We’ve been BFFs ever since.

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But, I digress.

IT’S STEPPIN’ TIME

In hopes to re-create another memorable photo op with Beth, I will track my #stepsforbeth en route to Instructurecon 2018 (that’s 456.69 miles of dedication!). I’m going to use my paws (and since I have 4 of them, my steps will add up quickly. Sorry, humans) to track each step!

Will you join me?

GIVING YOUR STRIDE A KICK

This year I’ll start tracking my steps in stridekick and I can invite 100 of my Canvas friends to join me, virtually.

Here are the deets:

  1. Download the stridekick app
  2. Set up a stridekick account and connect your exercise tracker
  3. Direct Message my walking buddy and handler @Renee or email community@instructure.com and provide the email address you used to create the account and she’ll invite you (cuz she’s good like that)!
  4. Accept the invite and start your #stepsforbeth


Can I just say, “I love this community!” (Okay, now I’m going to start crying). But seriously, it’s not just about being Canvas users, but offering up your experiences that end up bringing out your passions, your humanity, and your deep friendships.

See you ‘clowns’ in Keystone!

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Instructure
Instructure

Love. This.

Signed up! Everyone else should as well!

And I mean everyone.

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So super excited kenneth.rogers@instructure.com - you're my first victim walking buddy!  See you on the virtual trail!

Oh, and I just gave you some crazy points for being the first to sign up (cuz I can!)

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Oh, I almost forgot.  Our trek officially begins tomorrow, so get your stretches in tonight!

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

How do I give Community Panda crazy points?!  You have made my week.

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Adventurer

*Count* me in, but don't get upset if I *step* on your record. :smileygrin:

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You are most definitely in, my friend!  Renee says she just invited you!

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Community Member

Ah, shucks...  Just keep em, or give em to all the awesome friends that join us!  Yep, that's right, I said us!  Cuz I just heard that you joined our virtual trek too!!!  woot woot! 

[This is a true selfie gif (gifie?) of me gearing up to start walking tomorrow!]

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My first panda-pally from Australia is joining the trek!  stuart.ryan@collaborative.education Thank You

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Community Advocate

This is seriously a stroke of genius!  

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