As 2012 began, the SylvanSport team realized how lucky we are to have such an amazing, wonderful, and active community. At SylvanSport we know our customers and supporters are the reason we’ve been able to achieve our success. When we sent out our December survey it was with the intention of inviting all of you to weigh in on important decisions that will affect the coming year. The response was overwhelming! Nearly 1000 of you responded to our request for input and we are very grateful for the time and effort you put in to help us make 2012 our best year yet! Not only did we discover ways SylvanSport can better serve the community, we also discovered our network is made up of more smart, motivated, fun, outdoor-loving, active people than we knew. We offer each of you our deepest gratitude for your opinions, ideas, and continued support! Make sure you check out our events this year so you can get the chance to see the SylvanSport GO pop up tent camper.
Sometimes in life there are synchronistic moments when it feels like everything in the universe just lines up in perfect order. If you’ve ever kayaked, mountain biked, surfed, or any other outdoor activity then you have probably had this experience. When we contacted our survey winner, Stephanie Atkins, the SylvanSport team had one of these special moments.
When we contacted Stephanie to tell her she had won a new pair of Keen shoes this is what she shared with us:
“Woohoo! I’m a winner! Thank you SylvanSport! I’m a lover of so many Keen shoes, but I see a new pair of Keen Mary Jane shoes in my future. I have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and shoes have been a challenge due to atrophy in my right leg – primary at the foot. Keen’s patented toe protection allows room for my atrophied toes to rest comfortably and protects those toes from injury. I love how their footbed will mold to my feet for a custom fit; so very comfortable for my active lifestyle. The quality leather and amazing construction bring me back to Keen again and again.”
In 2007 Stephanie was 35 when she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS. It began in her foot and since then slowly spread up her right leg, but that hasn’t stopped her from living life to the fullest. She is moving through life with love, laughter, and a limp. Based in Kirkland, Washington Stephanie and her husband Matt have great community support and are doing everything they can to help others. Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time everyone can make a difference by donating or joining a walk. To learn more about how to get involved in your area visit the ALS Association at www.alsa.org.