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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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Community Team
Community Team

Celebrating #stepsforbeth remotely from Naples, Florida bcrook@standrews-de.org‌!

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adam sitting on steps

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

MUCH LOVE to both of you stefaniesanders‌ and awilliams‌!!!

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Community Team

We have our final count! 

31 days

83 steppers 

16,018,454 steps

Infinite encouragement, inspiration, hugs, and love for Beth

Unmeasurable & Unforgettable inspiration for us all!

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I just printed this post of yours and taped it next to my computer.  I'm still speechless, but I must thank you, rcarney@instructure.com‌ and everyone else for making this happen.  There will be another post, but alas, it's Monday morning and I have a pile on my desk.  Something about work...whatever that is.  Smiley Wink

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All credit goes to Jim Darling, http://jimdarlingphoto.com/.

He shot these photos and edited them on his own time!  Thank you, Jim!

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I'm late to the group, but I signed up rcarney@instructure.com‌.  My email address is, wjameswolf@gmail.com.  Thanks.

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wwolf@y115.org 

I love that you want to participate.  This journey ended on the 31st!  We're all walked out for now!  Do hang out in Stridekick though, I've found it a great app to do friendly office challenges with (10 people challenges are free)!

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rcarney@instructure.com "We're all walked out for now!"  -- speak for yourself, Miss Renee!!  Now that I'm back down at sea level and have oxygen passing through my lungs again, I'm walking soooo much better. Well, except that my mind is running wild and I keep forgetting to tell myself to actually lift my right foot to step and I stumble a bit.  LOL  And Saturday morning's therapist had zero sympathy for my late night arrival into BWI and worked me hard.   Smiley Wink  Seriously though, each and every one of you deserve to take the week off from walking.  Just scoot around in your office chairs.  Next week, back up you go...

wwolf@y115.org‌ I bet if you get started this week, you'll blow everyone away as they recover!

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Yes, poor choice of words on my part!  I took it easy Saturday and Sunday (only 10k steps) but Monday I started back up in the 15k range!!!  Still stepping for you, just not the joint virtual journey to track our community of efforts!