I shared in an earlier blog that our Patient Ambassador team kicked off Arthritis Awareness Month when we met in Tampa. I’m going to interrupt our blog series on the sessions that took place in Tampa to give a huge shout-out to our Ambassadors who came out in a big way to raise awareness for Rheumatoid Disease and to raise funds with the Arthritis Foundation to support ongoing research. From blogging to videos on social media to using our digital frame and more, these folks really made a splash.
Aimee, our @SewingScientist (on the right), made a statement, individualizing her Vectra tee shirt in the way only she is able and heading out in style to raise awareness in her local community. Check out her beautiful work and the before/after photos of the outfit she whipped up at this blog link.
Meredith and her crew – including the family dog – were out in force! “So many people took pics of our dog Camille, she was the star of the show! The whole family had a blast! Her RA sister, Beth, invited all RA patients to consider themselves “RA Sisters” (even the guys!) through her blog, which you can access here.
Things didn’t quite go as planned for Lori. Her driver, caregiver, and love of her life came down with the flu on the day they had planned to go to the big city for her walk. Never one to shrink from a challenge, Lori decided to start in her own community, educating her neighbors about RA as part of a local festival taking place. Throughout the month, she was prolific – you can check out her blogs here.
Stacie led the group by participating in the first walk among our group, and she kept the beat by closing the month with her blog post on “What Others Need to Know about RA,” in which she detailed some of the challenges of living with a disease that can be invisible. You can check out her thoughts here.
Stephanie, who was first diagnosed with RA when she was a child, shared how a car accident caused her RA, which was in remission, to come back with a vengeance. You can check out her story here.
Linda (below) soared on her walk, sharing how great it was to see such great participation “on a weekend this town devotes to the Indy 500!”
And this was just the part of it. There was incredible sharing of “Because of Vectra…” with Ambassadors highlighting how our disease activity blood test has impacted their lives, lots of online and in-person support and love and a great effort to educate our communities about RA while supporting other patients.
We’re so proud of all of our Ambassadors – check out our Vectra Facebook page for more of the social good and to stay updated on Vectra happenings. Feel free to share our Facebook page or this blog with others you know!