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Dana H.

Illinois

Finding a connection with her son, a fitness community and a better self.

One year ago, our family said goodbye to my sister’s son, Tyler. After a few weeks on life support, Dana made the difficult decision to say good-bye, with him passing on his birthday, December 22nd, 2018. That was hard on our family but only made harder because in that same year, in May we lost our other sisters 18-year-old son in a car accident and in July our mother lost her battle to cancer. Saying goodbye to three loved ones in one year is hard, some would say impossible, but we have endured and have grown as siblings through it all.

Throughout this road, we have been overcome with tears, depression and laughter. I have witnessed pain so deep in both sisters that no parent should have to experience but have learned that many do and they continue to push forward for family and other children.

Dana is the perfect example of waking up, adjusting her crown and putting one foot in front of the other. She lost one son but wakes up and smiles everyday for her other son. Tyler was into fitness; he was a personal trainer and constantly encouraged his mom, Dana, to take the steps needed to care for herself. I have seen her taking those steps, as hard as they can be, attending yoga, going for that run, following his workouts he shared with her before passing. I truly believe the Peloton bike, and more importantly, the community and support that comes along with the bike, is just what she needs to jump start her goals and help her keep that connection with her son. A bike isn’t in her budget so the comeback opportunity would be such a blessing and wonderful opportunity to live the healthy life that Tyler always knew she could lead.

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