The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) has partnered with local organizations in three U.S. cities to host its inaugural Together Walks in May, fulfilling the organization’s mission to raise fibromyalgia awareness and fund research into the disorder that will lead to better treatments.
The Together Walks will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on May 7, and Coral Springs, Florida, and Louisville, Kentucky, on May 15. The USATF-sanctioned 1K Together Walks will be held in local parks and feature live music, health vendor expos, and educational and inspirational fibromyalgia programs, in addition to the walk. Participants will receive an event t-shirt and educational materials about fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by generalized pains along with other symptoms such as unrefreshing sleep, stiffness, and cognitive dysfunction. An estimated 10 million Americans, 2-4% of population, have fibromyalgia as a primary diagnosis.
Through Together Walks, the NFMCPA is creating an opportunity for patients with this diagnosis to have an action-oriented, healthy event for their friends, family, neighbors, and health care providers to support them in a positive, uplifting way. These events are foundational for the NFMCPA to continue strengthening its four tenets: increase of support, awareness, education, and research globally.
“The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association is building on its current, personal campaign of ‘Your Voice Matters: Make Fibromyalgia Visible’ to empower people with FM to take the next step of actively engaging their communities to participate in an event,” NFMCPA President Jan Chambers says. “Active engagement is the next step after raising awareness.”
Based on previous experience, the NFMCPA anticipates at least 250 people at each walk and more than 1,000 people in a virtual walk for the 2016 Together Walks. The virtual walk provides a platform for people to create teams online, from the comfort of their home. Everyone can participate despite their health status or ability to travel to specific locations.
Together Walks unite communities in the ideology that together we can make a difference, raise FM awareness, advocate for better access to care, and encourage and fund research that leads to better treatments.
The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association brings together patients, policymakers, and healthcare, medical and scientific communities to transform lives through visionary support, advocacy, research, and education of fibromyalgia and chronic pain illnesses.
To register for a Together Walk near you, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/togetherwalks.