Melanie and a friend walk in Steps for Life t-shirts. Melanie is smiling brightly and wearing a button on her T-shirt.

Melanie walks with her team, the “Work Boot Warriors” at London Steps for Life in 2022.

The reason we walk is right in the name: Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy. We walk in support and prevention, because as any family that has experienced a workplace tragedy will tell you, we can’t continue to have more families devastated this way.

The main reason we walk in Steps for Life is to ensure Threads of Life can continue to provide support to those who need it after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury, or occupational disease. We walk with people like this year’s Steps for Life spokesperson, Melanie, a mom and widow, who is now raising her son without his dad. Mark, an industrial electrician, was severely injured in a fall while doing maintenance on an industrial press. He lost everything that made him Mark on that one day — and four years later, his injuries cost him his life as well. His dream was to be a father, and today, his son is growing up without him. We walk with people like Melanie, and her son, their family and friends, and their community. “To be able to share my loss and experiences with people who have lived a similar journey is so invaluable to my healing,” Melanie explains. “My husband will never come home but having the opportunity to share our story makes it feel like our loss means something.”

Melanie is our national Family Spokesperson for Steps for Life 2023. If you’ve personally experienced a workplace tragedy, we want to walk with you. If you want to ensure families like Melanie’s have support services when they need it, we want to walk with you. And if you want to raise awareness about health and safety to help prevent future workplace tragedies, we also want to walk with you.

We’re walking together. Because we’re stronger together and because above all else, no one should be walking this path alone.

Registration is now open in all communities at, so go ahead and sign up to walk with family, friends and co-workers walking arm in arm together in both support and prevention. #WeWalkTogether 

Sarah Wheelan