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Adversity can appear for any of us at any moment. The adversities we face do not define us, but the actions we take in the face of adversity do shape us. This week, I was reminded that actions during adversity do not just mold and shape individuals, but they also provide the opportunity to shape, and shine a light on, the communities of an individual.

This story of Community begins further back in the Twitter timeline—Beth Crook’s July 22nd tweet is where we are first introduced to the #stepsforbeth call to action.


If you have never had the chance to attend InstructureCon, you may not know how big of a request this was. InstructureCon has always had golf cart shuttles, but since the move to Keystone, CO, shuttle busses have been a necessity—for both distance and elevation (9,173′). Asking people, some of which are complete strangers, to walk more than they have to at 9,000’ elevation, is a mountain of an ask.


Despite the elements, when it came to supporting one of our own, distance and elevation were no match for the sense of caring in our Community. Prior to, and throughout the conference (July 25–27, 2017), the steps rolled in. Here are just a few highlights:

July 24th:

@KRogersSA - Today I did 8,618 #stepsforbeth - walking around #InstCon is prettier than riding in a shuttle!
@KonaRJones - It's been a busy start to #InstCon! Got in 13,229 #stepsforbeth and definitely earned the extra slice of pizza at dinner!

July 25th:

@poprox_conroy - It's 6pm and I've walked 8,604 #stepsforbeth ❤️
@KRogersSA - Second day at #InstCon for me and I did 14,766 #stepsforbeth.

July 26th:

@malapertmarc - 14,102 #stepsforbeth maybe I should have taken the shuttle bus.
@lindajeanlee - Last #InstCon day step total: 15,298 steps, 150% of my daily goal! #stepsforbeth
@aggal98 - 13,164 #stepsforbeth today. Loved every single one of them! #InstCon
@erinmmilne - Did 15,386 #stepsforbeth at #InstCon today!

July 27th:

@mjennings_uab - 13,668 #stepsforbeth on the last day of #instcon
@kblundstrum - 8,976 #stepsforbeth

July 28th:

@rseilham - 38,031 steps at #instcon #stepsforbeth

@AmyWard3086 - Thursday step count 16,478 #stepsforbeth #instcon

My non-scientific calculations captured over 400,000 steps logged for Beth this InstructureCon, and those were just the ones that were tweeted with the hashtag.  The caring keeps rolling in… check out #stepsforbeth on Twitter.

244916_2017-07-31_15-57-26.png‌, you’re an amazing woman, with a humble heart and genuine love for those around you! Today, in my own 12,889 steps for you, I reflected on how you turned your adversity into an opportunity to unite and build up the communities that surround and support you. 


Thank you for this lesson in humanity!

:smileyinfo:  Keep logging your steps, and encouraging one of our own!  Tweet them, or add them as a comment to this thread!  Beth, we look forward to following your progress!

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Wow, bcrook@standrews-de.orgyou are rocking your recovery!

This is just too cool, and so good to hear!

Stay strong, and stay motivated!


Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Looking forward to meeting you next year Tye!

Explorer III

During the InstCon dates, I tallied 18,830 stepsforbeth‌ on my small little campus tucked all the way on the other side of the states.

Nice community you got here, Beth Smiley Happy

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

No, nice community WE have here!!  You too!

Community Member


I don't mean any disrespect to Beth or anybody supporting her, but what is this all about? Why are people counting steps for Beth? Unless I missed something, I am new to the community, this post doesn't seem to give much background on what #StepsForBeth is. I wanna know! I wanna be in the loop! I wanna be one of the cool kids!

Thank you kind people of the Canvas Community!



Hi Josh.

This is a great question.  It is hard to know the back story without looking at the Twitter thread, but here is a quick summary.  Also, I'm going to see if I can embed the thread somewhere in this post!

Beth is a very active, respected, and loved member of our Community.  Before InstructureCon, the annual Canvas conference, she was even working with other community members to put together the‌, a community initiated and community facilitated meet-up!  A few weeks before the conference she experienced a spinal stroke - and one of her requests was for people to track steps at the conference to help inspire her recovery.  The conference is now over, but we're still counting!


Thank you for the back-story‌, that helps.

This community blows me away. Everyone seems so supportive and helpful, it is really awesome to see. Kudos to everyone.



I agree!  It really feels like an extension of family!

I tried to embed the feed in here, but didn't have much luck.  You can read the tweets here #stepsforbeth

   Default view will show you the top tweets.  I usually click "Latest" to view them all.


Correction - exactly 1 week before I was supposed to fly to Keystone!!  Details, details.... My husband started the hashtag on facebook and I gave it to the Canvas Intel co-organizers to help me in recovery as a fun joke and then it ran from there.  And I'm finding soooo much inspiration from all of the #stepsforbeth and blown away by the support.  It makes me do that much more in therapy.  

I just got my discharge date of next Wednesday, just after the 1 month mark of my stroke!  Cannot wait to see my home and cuddle with my young kiddos and figure out my new normal.  Until then, I push hard in therapy and create Canvas courses for work!  (not even kidding!  keeping my brain busy!) 


Hi‌, it is great to hear that you are doing so well and will be back home soon. Stay strong!