EVENT TIME: 8:00 AM Registration, 10:00 AM Walk EVENT LOCATION: Hickory Creek Forest Preserve, 10537 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL 60448 *For step-by-step registration instructions, please CLICK HERE.
Life-altering, chronic pain is REAL, and better treatments are needed TODAY!
It’s time to make fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic pain diseases visible, advocate for better access to care, and encourage and fund research for integrative treatments for FM in Chicago. Held annually across the nation, Together Walks are a global movement to create a world where men, women, children, seniors, and our veterans have access to the pain treatments they need.
Grab a pair of walking shoes, roll up your sleeves, and meet others who want to make a difference in Chicago! Chicagoland Allies Against Pain, in partnership with the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, invites you to participate in the Chicagoland Together Walk!
You can change how FM is perceived, treated, and researched. Simply join this community event and invite your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, healthcare providers, and elected officials to come stroll, walk, learn, meet others, and fund FM research at the Together Walk on May 13 at Hickory Creek Forest Preserve!
The event will feature live musical entertainment and a special presentation by Dr. Melissa Geraghty. Her specialties including chronic pain, illness, disabilities and eating disorders. Check out her full bio here. Chiro One Wellness Center will be providing free, on-site medical checks as well, and the Chicago Center for Myofascial Pain Relief will be providing hands-on pain relief trigger point therapy and a fun and easy pre and post walk session; "Move and Stretch; Pain Relief for Those With Fibromyalgia and or Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)." For more information, please click here.
We have over $1100 of items up for raffle and silent auction throughout the walk. Purchase your raffle tickets early. Raffle tickets are $1 ea or 13 for $10. Bidding for the silent auction will begin at 8 a.m. and close at the end of the opening ceremonies. The winners will be announced during the closing ceremonies. We'd love to have you participate and can't wait to walk with you!
Together we make a difference and make fibromyalgia visible.
Chicagoland Allies Against Pain thanks you for your support. If you are interested in getting involved, sponsoring, or volunteering with the Together Walk in Chicago, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-514-0046.
To sign up to volunteer at the Chicagoland Together Walk, please CLICK HERE.
Can you imagine what can be done together when there is a walk in every state and across the globe? If you are interested in hosting a Together Walk in 2017, please contact the NFMCPA at email@example.com.
A HUGE thank you to our sponsors…
ONE GREAT MASSAGE
CHICAGO CENTER FOR MYOFASCIAL PAIN RELIEF
For more information, please visit togetherwalks.org
What impact can YOU make through Together Walks?
Raise FM awareness by educating local communities and political leaders about this condition
Alleviate stigmatization of people suffering with FM and chronic pain diseases
Create more pilot research funding, especially in the field of effective integrative treatments and new exploration in areas such as small fiber neuropathy, cervical cord compression, and myofascial release which promises new treatments
Increase support by providing local, accessible resources and information for daily living to patients
Promote awareness of the ramifications, including financial consequences, of chronic pain to the public, legislators, medical community and government agencies
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a life-altering condition affecting 2-4% of women, men and children of all backgrounds worldwide to suffer. (That’s 10 million Americans alone.) The disorder can strike suddenly or occur as a gradual increase in symptoms, indicating changes in the central nervous system (neuroplasticity). Sensory information (such as light, sound, and touch) becomes amplified by the CNS, causing the brain to respond with increasing pain and symptoms. FM severity waxes and wanes; often increases over time; and may become disabling.