Every year, PatientsLikeMe sponsors run/walk/bike teams around the country through PatientsLikeMeInMotion.
Led by a three-star member – someone with a complete health profile at PatientsLikeMe – each team receives bright blue PatientsLikeMe t-shirts, business cards and a donation towards their fundraising goal. Some of the events our members participate in include the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, the National Walk for Epilepsy (Epilepsy Foundation), the Walk to Defeat ALS (ALS Association) and Walk MS (National MS Society).
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!”
Organizing a run/walk/bike team for late summer or fall? Sign your team up for PatientsLikeMeInMotion sponsorship today. (Please allow 3-4 weeks lead time.)