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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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Surveyor

Just seen this - is it too late to start? I'm not coming to Keystone (hope to one day), but I'll walk around Yorkshire for you!

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Community Coach
Community Coach

a.craik@hull.ac.uk, my thought is the more the merrier, but I'm tagging rcarney@instructure.com‌ on this so she can let us know for sure!

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Come join the party!

pandas walking

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It's not too late!  Set up your Stridekick account and let me know the email you set it up with!  We'll get you added!

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Community Team
Community Team

6,186,546 steps

This is what you all have reached, as of yesterday!  We'll be ordering the physical therapy machine soon!

 

When the 6 million step goal was set we were confident reaching it would be a stretch.  Boy, were we pleasantly surprised!  Looks like it's time for a secondary goal!  Twelve million would be just too easy - so let's up our game and shoot for 15 million!  If (or I should probably say when) you hit 15 million we'll have a small celebratory surprise for all steppers!

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Thanks rcarney@instructure.com for the update.  This is outstanding!  Way to go everyone.  We can make it.  #stepsforbeth

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Can I like this more than once? Or do I need to put in a feature request for that? Smiley Wink

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

LOL

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So much WOO HOO!!!!! 15 million for the next goal, huh? #GonnaNeedALotMoreFeet

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

I just did 3 more laps down the hall to the restroom then I usually do.  Might have something to do with all of this water I'm drinking.  Gotta hydrate!  (I actually do have to drink a lot of water anyways...full Keystone hydration begins next week!)

I find it interesting that they are more than doubling this challenge in the roughest mountainous terrain...hmmmm