How in the world do you conquer life’s biggest challenges? Just ask Polly Letofsky, and she will tell you “one step at a time.” Polly would know, because she’s an expert of the subject.
Exactly twenty years ago, on August 1st, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries and over 14, 000 miles—by foot—becoming the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and supporters around the world came out to walk with her.
Everyday strangers welcomed her into their homes, offered food, accommodation and friendship. The world had embraced her. But it was never an easy road. Every day Polly struggled with adversity. Floods, earthquakes, languages, muggings, religious riots–and antiquated road signage that left her miles off her path and left her lost. The ultimate challenge came in the middle of Polly’s five-year journey when September 11 flung us all in a crossroads in world history. Her journey became much more than a fundraising event. It became a journey personifying the spirit of commitment and perseverance that will compel us all to conquer life’s biggest challenges—one step at a time.