EVENT: Virtual Together Walk
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2017
May 12, 2017 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!
The city of Louisville, KY has recognized this day and issued a proclamation urging all citizens to recognize this event.
Help us celebrate and spread awareness by joining us on May 13th at noon at the Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville, IN. Members of our support group will be at the pavilion at the base of the bridge to answer your questions and offer educational handouts.
Can't Walk? That's okay!! Join us at the bridge and spend the afternoon with other members of your community who live with chronic pain EVERY DAY, who are there for their loved ones who suffer or who are there to support us.
Don't want to leave your home? That's okay too! Spread the word on your social media accounts by sharing our Team Name: Louisville Spoonies
Awareness can only happen if we come together as a community.
Want to wear a Together Walk t-shirt to support the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association in research, education and awareness? Join our Virtual Team: Louisville Spoonies, order a t-shirt and wear it proud on May 12th. Take a photo of you or your team and share it on social media or email it to us at email@example.com. We invite you to use #TogetherWalks and #IWalkForFibro. Tag us @togetherwalks on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. We invite you to share anyway or anywhere!
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 your community. 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.
The Kentuckiana Fibromyalgia Support Group and the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association invites you to participate in the Virtual Together Walk! You can change how FM is perceived, treated, and researched.
In the Virtual Together Walk, you can form fundraising and friendraising teams online, even while you are at home. Everyone can participate regardless of health status or ability to travel to specific locations. You can participate s by donating, fundraising, or walking locally. The changes that you make for people impacted by life-altering, chronic pain diseases is amazing and appreciated.
How does a virtual walk work?
A virtual walk raises awareness of chronic pain diseases and funds for research. It is created online and can have a live event in the community. Both use the Crowdrise registration process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.