Ricky White

World AS Day 2018 — Selfie Contest

Would you like to win a Fitbit, a signed bestselling book, or a Walk Your AS Off cap?  Then you’re in luck, because that is what we are giving away to three lucky winners! How to enter: Post a minimum of 10 selfies to an individual Instagram account tagged with the hashtag #ASwalkSelfie and #worldASday. The selfies need to be posted on May 5th to be eligible. This contest is open to anybody, worldwide, regardless of whether they are a registered for Walk You AS Off or not. Please note: we can only search public Instagram accounts and share public… Read More »World AS Day 2018 — Selfie Contest

A Dedication to Melinda Frisch — Team: The ClASsy Walkers

Kicking Cancer’s Ass/The ClASsy Walkers Joel: We would like to welcome all our dear friends and family and to thank the community for honoring the life of Melinda Siegel Frisch. My sister, Hannah, and I would like to tell you a little bit about our mom, and why we loved her so much, while sharing some of our fondest memories of her. Hannah: Mom was the true definition of a warrior. Back in the days of no internet and no cell phones, she moved to Spain for a year to study Spanish. Through her studies, she met three of her… Read More »A Dedication to Melinda Frisch — Team: The ClASsy Walkers

A Dedication to Diane Cappelli — Team: Kick AS Striders

Diane Cappelli was born in August of 1960 in NJ. It wasn’t until she was about 16 years old that she started to experience lower back pain. At that time, doctors were unsure why she was experiencing this pain but decided since they didn’t know why they would prescribed pain medications for her to deal with the pain. Her diagnosis stayed status quo until about 15 years ago when one doctor who was familiar with AS, investigated her back pain. The results showed that while she was negative for HLA-B27, her SI joint started bi-lateral fusion. He recommended her to… Read More »A Dedication to Diane Cappelli — Team: Kick AS Striders

How I Walked My AS Off — Charlotte's Story of Climbing Mt. Fuji

I’d never given Mount Fuji a thought before I came to Japan. Even when I arrived here nearly a year ago it seemed a vague and unattainable thing; something merely depicted in art, pictures, and advertisements. Most of the people I asked about it had only seen the mountain from afar. Yet somehow the hair-brained idea of climbing Fuji slowly but surely crept into my mind. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis(AS) my senior year of high school. With lots of patience, and lots of Enbrel, I was able to get it under control, and had the privilege of studying… Read More »How I Walked My AS Off — Charlotte's Story of Climbing Mt. Fuji

And the results are in! — This years stats

Congratulations steppers for crossing the finish line. You should all be very proud of yourselves. This is a run-down of the stats from this year’s walk. Now although Walk Your AS Off is an awareness event, and it’s not a race, we do like to keep track of how our teams are doing. Nothing wrong with a little friendly inter-team completion, right? I do hope you got from the walk what you wanted. We welcome all feedback, whether positive or negative, as we are always looking at ways to make the walk bigger and better for the Ankylosing Spondylitis community.… Read More »And the results are in! — This years stats

My Story – by Bret (part 2)

Thank you for coming back. Your emails have been very nice to read, and I truly feel your pain. The main objective of my story is to help others understand, and for you to hear from someone who has been very recently diagnosed with A.S. This article is aimed at the guys/girls who are brave enough to get online and check out some websites because they have A.S… This is for you. The article may seem like the worst case scenario, but it is, as I have a severe case of A.S. So let’s talk about A.S. and if you… Read More »My Story – by Bret (part 2)

My Story – by Bret (Part 1)

HLA-B27 – These used to be just letters and numbers to me. But these numbers have changed my life in a blink of an eye, as they have yours, and YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And if this blood test is positive, we both have Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is a horrible autoimmune system disease that attacks our joints and tendons, and other areas of our bodies, including our organs. And to make it even more of a challenge, the story is different for all of us. Some have very few symptoms, and others like me are in constant pain 24/7, with… Read More »My Story – by Bret (Part 1)

Walk AS One World Cup: An Interview with the Winners – reFUSE to Lose

This year was the very first Walk AS One World Cup! There were two separate categories in this years cup, which were for the total number of team steps, and the total average steps per walker. I got in touch with Jessica Cuccio, the team captain of reFUSE to Lose, and winners of this years total average steps Cup, to talk about their experience in this years WYASO.   Congratulation on winning the Cup for the highest average steps per person.  Have you had a chance to celebrate a successful WYASO yet? If so, how did you celebrate? I am so… Read More »Walk AS One World Cup: An Interview with the Winners – reFUSE to Lose

WYASO Round-Up Finale 2015

Welcome to the final round-up of the WYASO main event. We do hope you had a wonderful time participating in this years walk, and we hope you achieved your own personal goals too. We’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to raising awareness for AS. Without the support of each and everyone of you there would be no WYASO. You make this the success it is, and we are truly grateful. Walk AS One at the Rose Parade, Oregon. Bree Trejo and members of her WYASO team Perseverance Warriors, walked under our new global charity name, Walk… Read More »WYASO Round-Up Finale 2015

WYASO Round-Up: Week 3

Welcome to the third WYASO Round-Up. This is your chance to catch up on all the amazing things that the WYASO community have been up to in the last week. If you didn’t catch our other round-ups, you can read week one and week two by clicking on the links. The LOVE Run in Taipei – The Walking Spondies Carrie of The Walking Spondies writes about raising awareness in Taipei, Taiwan. “On May 15, 2015, two members from The Walking Spondies participated in the LOVE Run in Taipei, Taiwan to help raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis and associated diseases. Together, they logged over 30,000 steps… Read More »WYASO Round-Up: Week 3