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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!


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 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.


But, I digress.


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?


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 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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Highlighted and Wore the "one happy camper" #instructurecon 2016 shirt at my kids' camp a couple of weeks ago.  In the pouring rain, you still had to smile.  


Isn't this the truth!!

Swag season is almost upon us! I'm getting all giddy!
Highlighted, I would argue that you're not doing it right Smiley Wink Some of my "vintage" Canvas tees are showing the love of many washings. And the elbows are wearing out of my InstCon12 fleece Smiley Happy


tdelillo@alamo.eduThe InstCon 12 fleece is my all-time favorite jacket swag! Same for my office partner. I wear that one almost every day most seasons! Even last night, I wore it to walk my dog before going to bed.

Yes, that one is getting a bit natty, but it will be coming with me this year!


Learner II

Yay!  I just signed up.  Can't wait to step it up

Community Coach
Community Coach

Just returned from a week at Walk Disney World in Florida.  So much legs are sore.  But lots and lots of steps.  Here are some of the highlights:

July 2 (Hollywood Studios) -- 7.50 miles (18,597 steps)

July 3 (Disney Springs) -- 5.11 miles (13,179 steps)

July 4 (Magic Kingdom) -- 8.14 miles (19,942 steps)

July 6 (EPCOT) -- 11.54 miles (28,145 steps)

July 7 (Animal Kingdom) -- 7.13 miles (17,527 steps)



July 2 - 253 steps

July 3 - 1266 steps

July 4 - 0 steps

July 5 - 1349 steps

July 6 - 1505 steps

July 7 - 2837 steps

At my age, you can guess that those numbers simply reflect the numbers of trips to the bathroom.  And for the record, I was not able to hold it all day on the Fourth, I just left my phone on the charger all day.

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

You're doing great!  Pretty much were I am in step counts, so we can be in this together!  And yesterday, I barely did anything.  Like literally, to the bathroom, back to the couch, to the kitchen, and back to the couch.  Sunday seems to be like that after therapy Saturdays.

Learner II

Having just had a near death experience myself a couple of months ago and still recovering, I felt it would be really appropriate to get involved in this very worthwhile activity. So exciting to see our community come together to support each other. All the best to you as you continue on your recovery journey.

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Randy, you have my thoughts and prayers and cheering squad for you as well!  Wishing you a full and speedy recovery!