Jennifer Visscher

Team Spotlight – Walking Tall and Wright

Team Spotlight – Walking Tall and Wright by Joyce Lameire   Meet Gail Wright. She decided to form a team for WYASO because “I was diagnosed with AS in February. Upon receiving my diagnosis I started searching the internet for information, articles and ways to TAKE ACTION.” “I’ve always been involved in athletics….. I grew up going to camp so I rode horses, played tennis, water-skied, played baseball etc. I began running when I was about 40. I then turned my running/exercise into something more meaningful than just exercise for myself. I hiked Yosemite’s Half Dome to raise money for… Read More »Team Spotlight – Walking Tall and Wright

Wednesday Walker Spotlight – Gail Wright

Wednesday Walker Spotlight – by Chris Scott & Gail Wright Happy Wednesday everyone!! What a bunch of steppers!! The numbers I’ve seen rolling in are amazing!! We have almost walked around the world in a little over a week.. That was our goal for the entire walk just a few short years ago. You are all incredible!! Please share your story with us! Here is one of our incredible steppers! I’d like you all to meet Gail Wright, from Team Walking Tall and Wright.  This is her story…   “I’ve always been pretty athletic. Grew up going to summer camp and participating… Read More »Wednesday Walker Spotlight – Gail Wright

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Don't Ignore Those Nagging Pains!

Tiara’s Tuesday Talk – by Sara Sheibley  We all perceive pain differently. Some of us also fit nicely on that little pain scale in the doctor’s office… (Although 1 looks a little too happy) And some of us use one all of our own.   They call this difference in all of us our pain threshold. How much pain we can endure before it gets to be too much. When it gets to that point, what do you do? Some people go see a doctor. Some of us, especially those of us with chronic illness tend to take something and… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Don't Ignore Those Nagging Pains!

Team Spotlight – A Bunch of A.S. Kickers

Team Spotlights – by Joyce Lameire A Bunch of AS Kickers was formed by Joyce Lameire out of New Mexico. She decided to get some of her co-workers to help her get some steps in order to make it to the moon! Joyce says “Most of the people who know me didn’t even know I had a disease until I started getting sick, and then it was difficult to explain to them what exactly AS is.” Joyce started with 7 people last year and is over the moon about the fact she has more than triple that this year “I… Read More »Team Spotlight – A Bunch of A.S. Kickers

Walker Spotlight – Carrie Moebus

Wednesday Walker Spotlight – by Chris Scott & Carrie Moebus Hey Walkers!! I’m happy to see that this year’s walk is off to a huge start. Some of the numbers that I have seen posted are unbelievable to 2 day totals. Last year we started the Wednesday Walker Spotlight, to introduce you to folks that walk for our cause. I am continuing that this year. I would like everyone to meet Carrie. This is Carrie’s story… I am a 44 year old mother of 5, retired military wife, and current proud homemaker. I married the man of my dreams in 97,… Read More »Walker Spotlight – Carrie Moebus

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Go Time!

Tiara’s Tuesday Talk – by Sara Sheibley   And away we go! Go go go! Where are we headed? This is Mars, the red planet. Pretty huh?  This is also this year’s destination. Well… Our ten year destination. Last year we made it to the moon with the help of every single one of you.  Yep that’s right. Whether you ran a marathon or walked from your bed to the couch… You got us there. Of course Mars is a lot further away, BUT in the words of our fearless leader: We need about 80 billion steps to get from… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Go Time!

5 Days to Starting Line And 5 Reasons To Walk With Us!

  Is everyone gearing up for our 2014 Walk Your A.S. Off! Just five days to our starting line for 2014! If you needed more reasons to give your friends & family to join us and walk – well here are 5 reasons although we could come up with oodles more! 1. You already walk everywhere you go – why not make those steps meaningful and contribute them to our cause! Shoot – add in your pooch’s steps too! 2. Our walk is great motivation! We’ve got thousands of people walking together and cheering each other on! The health benefits… Read More »5 Days to Starting Line And 5 Reasons To Walk With Us!

Paws For Our Cause

We have had a number of our walkers ask us if we could include their dog in our walk! The answer was, “of course” but then I learned that people wanted to count the steps of their furry friends and that took us some time to figure out if that was something we could, should, would do. But in the mean time we heard very powerful testimonials like these: “One of our fellow As family members thought about ending her life she had everything ready and in place. We had been talking about my service dog and how much he… Read More »Paws For Our Cause

Our 2014 Booster T-Shirt Has Been Selected!

  Walk Your A.S. Off is thrilled to announce the winning design in our 2014 t-shirt contest! Congratulations to Melissa Levanduski – great job!!! “This t-shirt contest was an artistic outlet for me to open the door to help raise awareness for a great event, Walk your A.S. off, and to educate others about Ankylosing Spondylitis. All of the t-shirt designs were so wonderfully creative! I am so humbled and honored that my design was chosen to be used for the official 2014 Walk Your A.S. Off Campaign. This autoimmune arthritis is so personal for me as my younger sister and… Read More »Our 2014 Booster T-Shirt Has Been Selected!

Walk Your A.S. Off Welcomes the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Ireland!

The Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Ireland (ASAI) joins Walk Your A.S. Off with team SUAS! According to Seoirse Smith, the Secretary of ASAI and president of the Ankylosing Spondylitis International Federation (ASIF), “SUAS is the name of our recent awareness programme and stands for Supporting & Understanding AS or sometimes misread as Stand Up for AS (either of which is good) – SUAS is also a gaelic word for “Up”” We are thrilled to have them join us this year and look forward to connecting with more ASers worldwide. Please join in welcoming them to WYASO 2014!   Team SUAS registration… Read More »Walk Your A.S. Off Welcomes the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Ireland!