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 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. For NFMCPA recommendations for a successful community event, use the step-by-step guides below.
Join the Virtual Together Walk and set a team fundraising goal. Form a team of your friends, neighbors, support group members, and family. Or choose to participate on your own, knowing you are part of something bigger! Raise funds for research. For ideas, check out the fundraising toolkit.
Join the Virtual Together Walk and set a team fundraising goal. Form a team of your friends, neighbors, support group members, and family. Or choose to participate on your own, knowing you are part of something bigger! For ideas, check out the fundraising toolkit.
Pick a location and date to host your local walk. Rolling, strolling, walking, or running is best scheduled during the month of May in celebration of May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Choose your distance: you may walk around the block, do a 1K walk at the local mall, or even try a longer walk or run around your neighborhood. Do what you can. There is no distance too short. Post a team update on Crowdrise with the details! Want an example? See Terry McSweeney’s 2016 Virtual Team – Fibromyalgia Pathways.
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!
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.