One of life’s constants, in this season of thanks and gratitude especially, is that the USANA Family can be counted on to help those in need.
I recently learned that Duane Spears, a longtime Associate and commenter on this blog and other social media sites, suffered a massive stroke in his home on Sept. 27.
Thankfully, a fellow USANA Associate and member of Duane’s team had called him within minutes of his stroke. He could tell that Duane was in distress, and he immediately notified family members to check on him.
Help arrived and Duane was then airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center for treatment, writes USANA 1-Star Diamond Director Pete Zdanis, who’s helped spread the word about Duane’s condition via his email list. The stroke has left Duane paralyzed on his left side.
Duane is now on the long road to recovery, and he is grateful for the many thoughts and well wishes that have been sent his way. He took his first steps since the stroke earlier this month (watch this heartwarming video).
“One of our most generous USANA family members has been struggling and he needs our help,” writes Kathleen Rockney, USANA Gold Director and friend to Duane, a Director in Osawatomi, Kan., who joined USANA in 1995. “Before suffering a massive stroke, he had turned his lifestyle around with USANA and was doing Ironman training, eating well and of course taking USANA.”
He’s made a lasting impression on others as well.
“When Duane lived just down the coast of California from me, early in both of our USANA careers, he reached out and offered whatever help I needed in getting my USANA business off the ground,” writes Bronze Director Kristina Thorpe. “I have never forgotten.”
As we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States, I feel personal gratitude for the generosity of the USANA Family who answers the call to help people in need — from disaster relief through the USANA True Health Foundation to assistance for fellow Associates closer to home.
Thank you, USANA. Have a happy, healthy holiday.