Summer is here, and that means there are disease-related walk/run events happening all around the country!
For inspiration, please meet epilepsy patient Monica (second from right), who led a PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored team at the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC. Held on March 31, 2012, the two-mile walk occurred between Madison and Jefferson Drives on DC’s famous National Mall. “I do a lot of fundraising on my Facebook page, so my friends and family all know I have epilepsy,” says Monica.
Congrats toMonica and all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for yourcondition.We’re honored to support you every step of the way. For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our growing Flickr collection.
What’s happening this year? 2011 is off to a great start with 30 sponsored teams as of the end of June. When you compare that to two years ago – when we sponsored around 40 teams for all of 2009 – you can see how the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program has grown. Wondering whether any of these spring teams were raising awareness for your condition(s)? Here’s the list of conditions represented for 2011 thus far:
We’re thrilled to support our members in this way, and we especially love seeing the positive connections that are forged when our members meet “offline” at these uplifting events. That’s why we’ve asked PatientsLikeMeInMotion team members to submit their favorite photos from recent events. Check out our Spring 2011 PatientsLikeMeInMotion Flickr Slideshow to see the enthusiasm firsthand:
We’ve also gotten some wonderful messages from team leaders this year that illustrate the impact of the program:
“Thanks so much for everything, I can’t wait to give the team their shirts and wear them with pride. You all are awesome.”
“Thank you for sponsoring me in Walk MS! I am so grateful for your support, which brings me one step closer to achieving my fundraising goal. More importantly, it brings us one step closer toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.”
“Our team enjoyed the t-shirts and stood out in the crowd in the bright turquoise. We also enjoyed answering questions from those who asked about the t-shirts and the website, about which we gladly shared information!”
At PatientsLikeMe, people with every type of condition are coming together to share their health experiences, find patients like them and learn how to take control of their health. The result is improved care for patients as well as an acceleration of real-world medical research.
Stay tuned to our blog for the latest happenings with our company, our patients and our mission of opening up the healthcare system.