Hi, I'm Kate, but everyone calls me Ducky.
I'm no stranger to medical problems, as I was born with severe heart defects, but about 10 years ago I started experiencing debilitating pain in my back. Since then it has spread throughout almost my entire body. I have been in physical therapy consistently for almost 2 years. I found the painkiller that worked but didn't like how it made me feel. I now do other things to help manage my pain, but I still have bad days. My favorite things to do are ceramics and volunteering.
The Caterpillar Walk/Run program is a fundraising campaign designed to raise awareness and support for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. The event is a USTAF sanctioned event on a USTAF certified course. Official timing will be handled by Rock Race Timing. 100% of proceeds will benefit the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America (FCSA) introduction of a Center of Excellence Program which will offer immediate support to those living with Fibromyalgia and their families. Current fundraising efforts by other organizations support long term solutions to fibromyalgia which are necessary and vital however, for those living with fibromyalgia there are no immediate care initiatives. The FCSA Fibromyalgia Center of Excellence will be dedicated entirely on helping those living with fibromyalgia and when the time comes the Center of Excellence Program will support the introduction of new treatment and therapies that are being supported by other research initiatives. One of the greatest challenges of this syndrome is the lack of awareness and SUPPORTIVE SERVICES available for people living with this chronic illness and their families, as a result the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America has launched this year's theme: Join the Movement, One Step at a Time. Your participation in this run will help us make Fibromyalgia visible. This is the 1st annual run in New Jersey. Our goal is to help bring the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain community together. The NJ Caterpillar Run will take place on: Saturday June 3rd. Registration: 6:00 pm (Night Run-Bring purple glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets) Where: Branch Brook Park (Lake Street by the Ballantine Gates Entrance) Click "Join" to register as a runner or create your own Team by clicking "Fundraise for this Campaign." Registration is $25 and covers the cost of T-shirt, Medal and purple glow necklace.