Lori Chynn’s life was forever changed in 2009 when her husband, John Pelley, a registered nurse, was killed in a helicopter crash.
It was Spring 2010 when a volunteer contacted Lori about Threads of Life. The volunteer’s son was involved in a workplace tragedy and she convinced Lori to join the Steps for Life walk that same year. For Lori, it was amazing to make connections with people who’d been through similar experiences.
Lori’s Steps for Life community is Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The group is small with less than 100 people, but the team is mighty, she says. “We have a walk and we meet many times a year. It is our goal to bring awareness to all the tragedy streams: fatality, injury, and disease.” Lori also believes it is important to discuss mental health and how to help.
After the crash, Lori did not have contact with any of the other victims’ families and she felt alone. She needed to meet people who understood her and through her journey with Steps for Life, Lori has met wonderful and encouraging people. They inspire her during the healing process.
Lori thanks the donors and sponsors of Steps for Life for their help in making sure programs and services are provided to people like her. “These are resources that families need,” she says.
Steps for Life is the main fundraiser for Threads of Life, and is crucial to sustaining the programs that provide healing for those affected by work-related tragedies. Because of the pandemic, the numbers and needs of these families are greater than ever. We need your help – register for Steps for Life today!
Wherever we walk, #WeWalkTogether!