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Hartfell shares about her PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ experience

PatientsLikeMe members hail from around the globe, and recently, 63 people gathered on the coast of Scotland for a walk to raise awareness of IPF and help people with IPF through Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. The coolest part? The event was organized entirely online by PatientsLikeMe member Hartfell, and through the PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ program, everyone was excited to get out there and hike. Here’s what she had to say: “My experience with being diagnosed was quite complacent, as I had never heard of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). But when I read about it, it was a big shock. I found PatientsLikeMe online and was so glad because there was so much information and I was able to communicate with people with the same illness. I decided to organize a sponsor walk 5 months after I had been diagnosed to raise awareness of IPF. I have been a keen hill walker (hiker) for 23 years, and I organized a coastal walk at Kippford, with 3 levels of walks to cater to all abilities. We had a fantastic day with weather views and company and we raised £1,453.68 ($2,268.44), which was brilliant. The money went to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, which …

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PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ 2015: Celebrating 7 years of PatientsLikeMe members giving back to their communities and raising awareness

For those of you who don’t know, our PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ program has been running since 2009—how time flies! Join us in celebrating our 7th year with a recap of 2014, our biggest year so far! Last year, we had the honor of supporting 2192 members across 32 states that participated in a range of events and had a lot of fun along the way! Some of the events included a motorcycle ride, a golf tournament, a MuckFest, a Halloween Run and Relay, and a Cake Sale to boot! If you’re unfamiliar with how it works, check out our guidelines – we sponsor 3-star members (super health data donors) who form teams and fundraise with their local nonprofits. And these advocates receive a donation, free team t-shirts and more! Here’s what some members had to say: “Advocacy is huge, because without voices out there speaking on our behalf, we would never get any funding or support.” “It is thanks to these fundraisers that there are now therapeutic options for patients like us. When I was first diagnosed, there was NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTHING. While there is still no cure, we have evidence that research is making strides and there is greater reason to hope. I have always been …

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MS members share about their PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ experiences

PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ is a way to celebrate our three star members (super health data donors) and sponsor them at events so that they can raise awareness for their condition. If you’re passionate about advocacy and you’re participating in a walk, run or other fundraiser on behalf of your condition, learn more and sign up right here.  We caught up with three MS community members who are active participants in PatientsLikeMeInMotion. They shared about the events they’ve been a part of over the years, why advocacy is important to them and several ways PatientsLikeMe has helped them manage their MS. Scroll down to read what they had to say.  Ajcoia  “Since being diagnosed in 2002, and after my sister was diagnosed in 2001, I have participated and captained every event the Greater Delaware Valley MS Society chapter has offered. This includes the one-day walks, MS150, Muckfest MS and Challenge Walk MS. My favorite event is the Challenge Walk MS, in which I have participated all 12 years. I have met so many wonderful and inspiring people through this event, which brings me back year after year. Advocacy is huge, because without voices out there speaking on our behalf, we would never get any funding …

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Spirited Support at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

We’ve sponsored hundreds of fundraising teams through our PatientsLikeMeInMotion program, but we’re pretty sure this team wins the blue ribbon for most festive. Please meet PatientsLikeMe member Kennqueen’s very colorful team, who donned their best tutus and striped socks for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Richland, Washington, on November 17, 2012.  Kennqueen has been living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for more than a decade, and her supportive family and friends came out to raise spirits and jingle in her honor while raising money for the Arthritis Foundation. This particular Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Richland, Washington, part of the Tri-Cities area, raised more than $20,000 for arthritis research, while all Jingle Bell events across the country have raised more than seven million dollars to date!  How’s that for some holiday cheer? Inspired to get into the fundraising spirit in 2013?  Learn how the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program can help with t-shirts and a monetary donation for your team. Until then, Happy Holidays from PatientsLikeMe!

Today’s Photo: Enthusiasm and Hope at Walk MS

“There is still no cure, but at least now, thanks to these fundraising events, there are advancements in patient care, and there is hope.” – Multiple sclerosis (MS) patient Judy It may be winter now, but plans for next year’s disease-related fundraising events are underway.  The question is:  will you be taking part? For inspiration, see Judy and Jim below in their bright blue PatientsLikeMeMe t-shirts before the start of Walk MS in Cranford, NJ, on April 15, 2012.  “When I was first diagnosed over 20 years ago, there were no therapies for MS patients and knowledge was limited,” says Judy.  “We’re grateful to PatientsLikeMe for their continued support for events that raise awareness and funds for MS research.”  She adds that the Cranford Walk MS event had “a large and enthusiastic turnout.” Congrats to Judy and all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored teams for your efforts. For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our growing Flickr collection. Thinking about organizing a team for next spring? Learn how the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program can help with t-shirts and a monetary donation.

Today’s Photo: 2012 Ride for Dads in Minnesota

Earlier this month, we shared a video interview with PatientsLikeMe member Wayne Sticha, who founded the Ride for Dads in 2010 to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Since September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to close out the month by sharing one of Wayne’s photos from 2012 Ride for Dads, which involved approximately 70 motorcycles, made five stops throughout Minnesota and generated $1,100 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation this summer.  PatientsLikeMe was proud to support this community event with a monetary donation and bright blue PatientsLikeMe t-shirts as part of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion program. Congrats to Wayne and all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our growing Flickr collection. Thinking about organizing a team – or even founding an event like Wayne did?  Learn more about the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program today.

The Ride of His Life: An Interview with Prostate Cancer Survivor Wayne Sticha

“I wanted to share my story to, frankly, save other men’s lives.  I discovered that very few knew anything about [prostate cancer].  Even less had had the PSA test.” – Wayne Sticha, 64, Founder of Ride for Dads Over the summer, we shared two interviews with PatientLikeMe members conducted by our partner Patient Power:  one with psoriasis patient Lissa and another with multiple sclerosis patient Marcia.  Today, against the backdrop of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we’re pleased to present the latest Patient Power video interview with member Wayne Sticha, a prostate cancer survivor from Lindstrom, Minnesota. Check out Wayne’s interview to learn about his prostate cancer experience as well as how he was inspired to found Ride for Dads, an annual benefit and awareness motorcycle ride now in its third year.  What drives his passion for educating other men, who he says “tend to ignore the subtle signs of aging,” about prostate cancer?  And what are his aspirations for this growing event?  Hit “play” below to find out. Wayne Sticha: Prostate Cancer Survivor Turned Advocate from Patient Power® on Vimeo. Stay tuned for a post featuring one of Wayne’s photos from the 2012 Ride for Dads as well as …

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Today’s Photo: Shake, Rattle and Roll

The heat isn’t letting up this summer – but that isn’t stopping our members from participating in disease-related walk/run events in their local communities. For inspiration, please meet some of the members of Parkinson’s disease patient daddytom’s team, who joined together to raise money and show solidarity at a Shake, Rattle and Roll Run sponsored by the American Parkinson Disease Association in Texas.  From left to right are Connie, Paula, Dorothy and Larry (the latter wearing blue PatientsLikeMeInMotion t-shirts) as they triumphantly cross the finish line. Congrats to daddytom and all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. We’re honored to support you every step of the way.  For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our growing Flickr collection. Thinking about organizing a team for this fall?  Learn more about the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program today.

Today’s Photo: Walking Warriors for MS

As we get deeper into summer, there are disease-related walk/run events happening almost every weekend.  What they all share is an opportunity for patients, friends and family to come together in solidarity and raise money for research and patient services. For inspiration, please meet multiple sclerosis (MS) patient barneyhouse and her “Walking Warriors,” who took part in a recent Walk MS event in Ormond Springs, Florida.  By signing up for our PatientsLikeMeInMotion program, the team was able to score bright blue PatientsLikeMe t-shirts and a monetary donation towards their fundraising goal. “My sister, who is six years older, has had MS for over 30 years,” writes barneyhouse.  “So although this is new for me, it is not new to me.” Congrats to the Walking Warriors team as well as all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored groups for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. We’re honored to support you in your journey.  For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our growing Flickr collection. Thinking about organizing a team for this summer or fall?  Learn more about the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program today.

Today’s Photo: Raising Epilepsy Awareness on the National Mall

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 to Monica and all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. We’re honored to support you every step of the way.  For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our growing Flickr collection. Thinking about organizing a team for this summer or fall?  Learn more about the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program today.

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