Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Stephanie Cassady, a wife and mother with various veterans in her family, and a love for the Wounded Warriors Project.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Without hesitation, my family! Although my work has temporarily separated us by several states, we unconditionally support each others goals, ambitions, and dreams. I cannot be more proud or more blessed then the family I have today.
How did you achieve it?
By staying true to myself, always being honest, and not letting ego get in the way when I was wrong.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
My children who are constantly getting involved, volunteering, etc. and I do what I think would make my dad proud of me since he passed in 1994.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
When I think of being healthy, I don’t just think of my physical being, but also mental and emotional. So I run, work out, “play” golf if you can call it that, participate/volunteer in charity events that raise money and awareness for great causes, eat well, spend time with my family as much as I can, and even get massages or have mother/daughter dates for mani/pedi’s.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I cannot remember exactly who or where I heard this but it applies in life, in challenges and in goal setting: “Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
My 18-year-old daughter, Taylor, is the one who inspired me to join Charity Miles. We both have asthma, and so running is a difficult task for us. We use that time to bond, exercise and condition our lungs. We use Charity Miles to raise awareness and money for worthwhile causes close to our hearts.Though we facetime often, and text daily, using the Charity Miles application allows me to support our family’s fitness goals even being 1500 miles away.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
Wounded Warrior project is dear to our hearts as my father, uncles, and grandparents were all veterans, some dating back to the Civil War. My father was killed in a car accident when I was just 10 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Taylor James, who is named after her grandfather. He served two tours in Vietnam, and came home with numerous medals, including a purple heart. We honor him in all our contributions. Taylor splits her miles between Would Warrior project and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in an effort to honor a high school AVID classmate, Leslie, who had to postpone college due to currently undergoing treatments for leukemia.