Starting in late November 2013, I will be walking north along the Pacific Coast from Los Angeles, California to Seattle, Washington. My trek is not only an act of solidarity for my older sister, Rebecca, who, through a series of medical mishaps, lost her right leg in 2012, but also a chance to raise funds in support of the Amputee Coalition of America.
I was initially unsure of what to call my fundraiser. I had many ideas, all of which seemed to sum up quite well what I was hoping to achieve with titling. Footsteps, however, delves more into the conceptual aspect of my walk and touches upon what I hope to gain from it personally. When Rebecca first lost her leg the financial burden, though certainly not outweighing the emotional and physical ones, became quite apparent. The cost of certain prosthetic limbs was staggering. Once, when discussing this with her, I said I would do a fundraising event based around walking. At the time I was considering my sister's financial needs and wanted to help her raise funds to purchase a prosthesis which would allow her to lead a happy and productive life. Rebecca, in her consistently strong and stoic manner, stated she didn't want the fundraiser to be solely about her but rather all amputees.
A footstep refers to the movement made by ones foot while walking, as well as the sound caused by footfall. Though, as an idiom, it refers to following in the tradition of, or carry on in the manner of, something or someone.
In this regard, Footsteps For Rebecca is also my way of trying to emulate her endless strength and courage while raising money for a wonderful organization.
The Amputee Coalition is a donor-supported, voluntary health organization serving more than 2 million people with limb loss and more than 28 million people at risk for amputation.