Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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Todd Schoonover is going undercover

Donate to United Cerebral Palsy to celebrate with Sherlock
Cerebral Palsy and Me

From an early age, I was exposed to cerebral palsy. My great aunt Alice who lived with my grandparents next door has it. Growing up she would babysit me, and I still send her a mother’s day card every year. You wouldn’t know she had it from talking to her or watching her do her chores, but if you looked at her right hand you would notice the stiff angular fingers whose joints made W-shapes instead of the normal curvature. Alice also had epilepsy, so I was aware of seizures from an early age too.

When I was a teen, Alice was participating in programs put on by United Cerebral Palsy. They would pick her up and take her to meetings with other people with CP. They even got her a job with a light bulb factory. She also did craft projects, and I still have most of what she made me over the years, though a few of the ceramic pieces have been broken and reglued.

Alice fell down the stairs and broke her neck while I was a teen. While she wasn’t paralyzed, the doctors weren’t sure how she was ever able to walk before the accident and the physical therapists didn’t put in enough effort to get her walking again. So she’s been in a wheelchair ever since. I used to come home from school and transfer her over to the toilet, then clean her and put her back in the chair. I’d also help her with her physical therapy, making her stand and stretching her. That continued until I went to college, and during my sophomore year my grandmother could no longer take care of Alice so she was moved to a nursing home. It’s because of my experience with Alice that I became an EMT and paramedic. It’s why I’m also looking at becoming a nurse.

Alice wasn’t the only person in my family with CP. A younger cousin of mine on the other side of the family also has CP, and his right hand is affected too.

Cerebral Palsy is a catch-all term covering a variety of disorders that are not contagious, not hereditary, and not progressive. At one time it was theorized that it was caused by a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or childbirth, but that is only true in some of the cases. While there can be muscle and bone disorders, cognitive function may be unimpaired.

Sherlock and I met earlier this year, and I was very moved by her entry about her daughter. Adar created this goal and I was glad to take it up, because I know what good UCP does as an organization. To find out more about United Cerebral Palsy, and to make a donation, visit it here. You can also enter your zip code to find your local chapter of UCP so you can volunteer with them in person.



Comments:

Sherlock is at PopClogs now.

Awh, Todd

I just found your entry. This makes me incredibly happy…not just the donation, but also your description of caring for Alice. I wish more people in the world knew about people like this and their incredible courage.

You made my day, buddy!

lob is excited about grad school...

what a wonderful entry

about caring for and caring about your great-aunt Alice. That’s beautiful! I’ve never met anyone with CP, but I did do volunteer work for them when I was in college. Sounds like a great cause to support!


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