Amy Schultz found a way to turn a negative into a positive.
The Sun City resident suffered a broken hip on a hike but is back on her feet trying to raise money for the Heart of America’s Navajo Outreach. The effort took some twists and turns, but she is determined to continue the effort.
In April Ms. Schultz was inspired by 100-year-old Capt. Tom Moore, who raised a large sum of money in England by walking laps in his garden. She began her own effort, but it hit an obstacle June 30 when she fell during a hike near Show Low and broke her hip.
Once she was healed enough to stand, she returned to the effort. Only now she is walking laps in her home.
Heart of America Foundation, near and dear to Ms. Schultz’ heart, is based in Washington, D.C. and for 23 years has been helping improve under funded schools. Since the onset of coronavirus, they provided school supplies and solar rechargeable lights to families on the Navajo reservation.
“The most exciting thing for me is that the packages contain books, art supplies and lights,” Ms. Schultz said.
She added in some parts of the Navajo Reservation, 40-50% of the students do not have electricity in the home.
During her first six weeks of recuperation, Ms. Schultz cannot put weight on her injured hip. During that time, to accomplish her goal she “walks” by hobbling along behind her walker. She does this 7-10 minutes every hour during the day and plans to increase her laps as the hip heals.
Ms. Schultz sent letters and emails to her friends and family asking for their support. Others can join with their support. Donations can be sent to Amy Schultz, 10028 W. Audrey Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351. Checks must be made payable to Heart of America. Donors can also contribute online at heartofamerica.org/partnerresponse.
A short video about the Navajo Outreach program can be seen at heartofamerica.org/partnerresponse. Scroll down to a photo of Navajo humanitarian Mylo Fowler in his blue jacket holding a microphone.