Important Update About Deb Hubsmith

Last week, while visiting the doctor for flu-like symptoms, Safe Routes to School National Partnership director Deb Hubsmith was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This type of leukemia comes on very quickly, and Deb's doctors caught it early and started treatment right away. She will be in and out of the hospital over the next couple of months while going through chemotherapy. Once treated, AML has a good remission and survival rate. Her doctors fully expect remission following her treatment course. 

While Deb takes this time to focus on healing, the organization will be in the capable hands of our staff director team, with continued leadership from People For Bikes and our steering committee. All the work we are doing will continue uninterrupted.

The National Partnership has strong leadership and a solid staff across the country, doing great work to advance Safe Routes to School and healthy community design. Both Deb and the organization will keep moving forward to meet our mission of more walking and bicycling, more access to places to play and more opportunities for physical activity.

Many of you will want to send your well wishes to Deb. Because of her compromised immune system she isn't receiving visitors, can’t get flowers, fruits baskets or anything “fresh” and she also does not want balloons. Cards and get well banners are great to send and can be sent to:

Deb Hubsmith
PO Box 663
Fairfax, CA 94978 

Deb would like everyone not to worry and instead think as positively as she always does. She is focused on getting well and will not be checking email but you can feel free to post comments on this blog and we will be sure she receives your outpouring of support. We will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks and please feel free to reach out to Risa, Margo or Beth listed below with any additional questions. 

Risa Wilkerson, steering committee chair:

Margo Pedroso, deputy director:

Beth Richards, development and marketing director: