EVENT: Together Walk Louisville
EVENT DATE: May 15, 2016
Amy Klempner wrote -Join Team Papercone employees as we walk to help raise funds for fibromyalgia & chronic pain research and awareness. Grab a pair of walking shoes, roll up your sleeves, and meet others who want to make a difference. It’s time to make fibromyalgia visible in historic Louisville, Kentucky! BJ & Sabrina Numann, with the Kentuckiana Fibromyalgia Support Group, invites you to participate in the inaugural 5k/1k/Stroll Louisville Together Walk! The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association is joining forces with local organizations across the U.S. to launch TOGETHER WALKS in 2016 to raise fibromyalgia awareness and research funding. Passionate Leaders have already taken the lead for 2016 in Richmond, Portland, Coral Springs, Louisville, and a Virtual Online Walk. Our goal of $2000 can be met if Papercone employees come together and register today! Together we make a difference! Your voice matters in changing how fibromyalgia is perceived, treated, and researched. Simply invite your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, along with health and elected officials to come stroll, walk, learn, meet others, and support funding for fibromyalgia research at the Together Walk – Louisville on May 15! TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! New treatments and knowledge about FM can be discovered through research/innovation seed funding. Current tight U.S. federal budgets prevent novel research explorations in promising treatment areas such as small fiber neuropathy, cervical cord compression, and myofascial release. Can you imagine what can be done together when there is a walk in every state and across the globe? This invisible, life-altering condition causes 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 often increases over time and may become disabling. FM takes its toll on once healthy individuals, especially between ages 20-60. Escalating stress and fear of what might lie ahead if symptoms worsen can contribute to anxiety and depression. There are no cures for fibromyalgia; however, as with any illness, some symptoms can be controlled with carefully improved lifestyle changes.