June 30, 2020

A Million Fitbit Steps In A Month – A Fundraiser For My Mom

So as many of you know, I’ve lost a ton of weight in the last two years. I started in October 2018 and now am down 160 pounds. One thing that has kept me motivated was changing things up to keep it interesting. At the end of last month, I’d done the most steps I’d ever logged on my Fitbit – close to 900,000. I thought hey – maybe I can get to 900,000 in June 2020. Then I thought hey – whynot a million?

Sadly, things in our family have been very hard. My mother broke her femur a few months ago and then during her recovery she fell quite ill. I decided that I would work even harder for my goal and dedicate it to her. Today is June 30th, 2020. As I was readying myself to leave, I got a call from my sister just before 4am. My mother passed last night, peacefully in her sleep. As a last tribute to her, I still wanted to complete what I set out to do and did so.

If you can help, there are a lot of bills that will be coming in due to hospital, rehab, etcetera. To everyone who has kindly donated already, thank you – it really helps during all of this. My mom spent decades devoting her time free of charge to the welfare of animals in the Anacortes area. She was the treasurer of AARF (Anacortes Animal Relief Fund) which helped not only with spay/neuter, vaccinations and food assistance for low income pet owners, but often medical expenses for pets who had fallen ill or were injured.

The link for her GoFundMe is here.