E.J. Verdahl of Cory is stepping up to help others.
E.J. logs every step she takes in a project to raise funds for charity. She says that since 2010 she has walked over 11,000 miles. One pair of shoes took her 3,000 miles, and she has worn out two treadmills on her winter walking routines.
She uses her walking as a way to benefit a well-known Christian charity, Samaritan's Purse. Her inspiration is a friend that she misses very much -- the late Pearl Tiffany of Eckert. "Pearl was a very loving and sharing person," E.J. says. "I know she would be pleased. My goal is to aspire to inspire before I expire," adds E.J.
E.J. has discovered along the way that helping others has benefits for the helper as well. She says, "Before I started walking, my chiropractor told me that my right knee was a prime candidate for a total knee replacement. Now, thanks to God's healing and lots of walking, my knee is doing fine."
She heard a doctor's advice that walking 10,000 steps (approximately 4.5 miles) three times a week is a key to good health and long life. "I decided to go for it," E.J. says.
She has a pedometer app for her cell phone and another electronic device worn on her wrist that her children gave her. Together, the two high-tech devices keep track of every step she takes.
This year E.J. is not slowing down a bit and has 1,600 miles with 2016 barely halfway gone.