Can You Help Anyone Out?

Wow, I have spent a couple hours reading and rereading all the stories.  I want to first thank everyone for writing in, I really appreciate it.  This was a very tough decision, and I just had to go with my gut feeling, because they are all very well deserving!  My goal is that you will be moved by these stories and be able to help a family out, whether financial or with your time or resources.  Please email me if you need someone’s contact info.

Click here to read all of the entries and see how you can be a blessing into the lives of others!

Before I share with you the winners, here are some of my thoughts about some of the specific stories and how I think you could help out.

Maleah: You could buy her awesome tea at

LeAnn Bertagnoli: Lost her 5 year old son this week, give money or if you have a similar past experience reach out to the family and offer your support.

Susan Keough: sponsor her family to a day of fun somewhere in the Madison area.

Becky (who does daycare): Sponsor her to come to a month of bootcamp.

Mary’s Mom: Financial support as well as prayers and cards.

Sunshine: Buy her plane tickets to see her family or cook the family a few meals.

Amanda Roe: Financial

Dolores Banaszak: A nice meal, money, or anything else that would pamper her.

Lisa: Pay for medical bills and the toll of taking care of the three kids and an ailing husband.

Jean: Sounds like she needs some pampering, and nice relaxing day, financial.

Heavin: Money and also emotional support if you have experienced a similar loss.

Tina Schlueter: money as well as clothes and toys for her 10 kids.

Barb Pettijohn: Money for a gym membership in Chicago.

Geraldine Stratton: Wow what a story!  If someone has a car they would like to donate that would be great or money to help payoff the daugters wedding.

Rachel: Donate toys or food or money for expenses.

Shirley: $ to cover basic bills.

Phedora: Money for basic bills and starting up the business.

Barb Cushman: $ to save her condo or meals, toys and clothes for her 4 kids.

Val’s Friend: Wow what an awful experience… She could use anything right now it sounds like to brighten her day.

Anita: Money to fix her chimney

Cindy: Money for bootcamp or a card or encouraging phone call to stay motivated, maybe if you can relate to her story an email would go a long way!

Jan: Maybe donate some old dumbbells to her.

Becky: Wow what aweful things!  Money to help buy the ramp and a nice card or email reaching out to the family.

Machel: Money to spend on herself or a nice relaxing day.

Here are my winners and what I am also going to do for a couple others.

Maleah: I received 2 anonymous donations totalling $220 (I was instructed to give this to someone for working out with me, so she received this)

Lisa (submitted by Rachel): I will give her my first 3 Fit Mom For Life DVDs (please email me the shipping address)

Mary’s sister: I would like to give her a free month of bootcamp or mamatone.  I am very passionate about help others with poor self esteem, because I too struggled with it in high school.  Most of what I do now is empower women to be their best and realize they are worth it!  So hopefully I can help her a little!

Jan (Tammi’s nomination): I will give her my first 3 Fit Mom For Life DVDs (please email me the shipping address)

$500 Winners Are…

Leanne: After losing your healthy son last week to a freak accident, this is the least I can do.  I can’t imagine how your life has been turned up side down in a matter of moments.

Heavin: Your story made me cry, I think it was after reading the journal entries at I hope that you are surrounded by those close to you in these tough times.

Becky: I can’t imagine all the trials your family has been through.  I am especially passionate about helping para and quads and did some of my studies at school working with that population.  I hope the money can be helpful in the van lift, something that we never even think about.  I love how it sounds like your daughter doesn’t have a victims mentality.  I would love to meet her.

Phedora: Congrats on losing over 100 lbs!  I hope that your husband gets the help he needs in prison and can break his addiction.  I hope this money can be used to start up your business.  I recommend finding a business mentor who is successful at something very similar to what you are doing.  Your chances for success with skyrocket.

I will need the contact info of everyone.  If they live in the Madison area, I would love to meet each of you, if you are outside of the area, I will just send you a check.  Please email me at and let me know how we can arrange things.  Thanks!


  1. Dutin I just want to say I think what your doing is wonderful. Your a very caring person who not only has made healthy changes in so many peoples lives, but your truly a giving person. You bring back the true meaning of christmas.. to give not recieve. I am honored to know you. Your mama must be so proud!

  2. Thank You Dustin, for caring so much about moms. I’ve read through all the stories multiple times. That must have been extremely hard to pick just four. My heart goes out to all of you!

  3. Dustin,

    May you be blessed for your caring, compassionate and generous heart. Best wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and successful 2010.

  4. Dustin,
    I can see why you had a difficult time selecting your winners. There are so many deserving moms out there.
    Thanks for again doing this – it is wonderful. As are you.

  5. Thank you Dustin for all the support. Would it be helpful to start a toy/clothing drive at Supreme for some of the families in need or reach out to them on our own?

  6. Rachel Bailey says

    Wow Dustin! So wonderful of you to help and reach out to so many. My sister-in-law Lisa will be thrilled to receive your 3 FitMomsForLife DVD’s.

    I will personally be paying your goodness forward in any way I can. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Becky Lynch says

    Dear Dustin…

    Words cannot express how touched and grateful I am, not only to my friend Beth for nominating me, but to you for choosing me for this honor. My daughter, Megan, was just thrilled to hear the news that we will be able to get her portable ramp now. Megan is only 17 yrs old and wants, like any other teenager, to have a “normal” life..or as normal as possible anyway. This gift will give her freedom to go places she hasnt had the chance to go since her accident. This has made our holiday season that much better, and we are so very appreciative. We would be very happy to travel to Madison and meet you (and thank you) in person..

    Best wishes and Thank you so much! Becky Lynch (920-723-4597)

  8. What an incredible contest and congratulations to the winners. Besides getting fit on the outside, this is also about getting strong on the inside. When you give, it always comes back to you!

    Thanks Dustin for all you do.


  9. Wow-amazing!! I have finally had a chance to read through everything and all I can say is this is what our country is all about: caring and giving, encouraging, never giving up, all of us reaching out with what we personally have to give. Yeah, Patty, we are ever so proud of Dustin, he is truly a generous person; but even more so is his ability to stir up each one of us to do what he does and then some, multiplying his efforts many times over. His suggestions for each of the nominees leaves everyone of us with ideas of how to reach out in some way, even an email of encouragement and gift of prayers, perhaps even ongoing mentoring from your own experiences. So Dustin, do we send our emails to you for forwarding? Also, it’d be fun to see pictures of you with the winners when they come to meet you, for those who are nearby! Maleah, tangible suggestions for action locally is awesome-giving opportunity for all your kids as well to experience the fun of being involved in these projects!
    It’d sure be fun to hear all of our stories as we all dive into these needs and the blessings that result on both sides. If say, 10 of us wanted to give $5 to 3 different families, and we let Dustin (or his office manager……his sister!) get it to them anonomously,
    they’d each have a $50 blessing, plus the knowing that strangers truly cared about them.
    Let’s take up Dustin’s challenge and help to make this the best Christmas-New Year’s season for many families!
    I plan to print the 40 emails and get busy :).

  10. Maleah,

    I think the toy/clothing drive is an excellent idea.
    My husband and I are trying to teach our boys about giving to others (although they are still quite young to fully understand). One of the things we do every year after Christmas is to have the kids pick out some of their toys to donate to other kids. So we will definitely participate. Let me know if you get something together.

    Melissa K

  11. You’re my hero.

  12. Dustin,
    I am inspired that you are not only passionate about your work — but that you take time to treat people well, too. I wish I lived close enough to know you better — but I will be on the phone call with you tomorrow night. May you continue to be blessed with talent, good fortune and humility. Jodi


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