Mission MARS

World AS Day in Taiwan with The Walking Spondies

Hi Everyone! My name is Carrie Kellenberger and I’m Team Captain of The Walking Spondies. I thought I’d take the time to update you all on what our team got up to on World AS Day, which is always held on the first Saturday of May each year. This year, World AS Day fell on Saturday, May 7th, and we decided to host our second Walk Your AS Off team event at Da’An Forest Park in Taipei. This was our second team walking event for 2016, and we decided to host a potluck picnic in the park for the afternoon… Read More »World AS Day in Taiwan with The Walking Spondies

We're Walking For World Arthritis Day – October 12, 2014!

Walk Your A.S. Off will be walking on World Arthritis Day! We will be helping raise awareness of all forms of Spondylitis on October 12, 2014 by counting our steps for the day. Our steps help us reach many goals – for more information on why we walk please visit our about page. For teams who have walked in any of the past years please let us know you are participating by emailing or sharing on our team captain facebook page. For new teams please send us an email for more information about forming a team. The next open registration… Read More »We're Walking For World Arthritis Day – October 12, 2014!

How The Numbers Stack Up

After circling the globe, then reaching the moon, we have headed off towards worlds unknown – MARS! We haven’t shared much how big this goal actually happens to be – honestly we were afraid to freak you out or discourage you. As Jennifer shared in a blog post last year, Imagine what we are doing – and it may help you understand the thinking behind such a bold move. So – here is the scoop… We need approximately 80 Billion Steps to get to Mars and this is why we’ve set a time frame of ten years to accomplish this.… Read More »How The Numbers Stack Up

2014 Walk Your A.S. Off – Step Announcement

What an amazing year we’ve had! We are well on our way to Mars now walkers and it is all thanks to you – every person who took even one step towards our goal. Thank you. Thank you to all of our team captains  – Joyce Lameire, Michael Mallinson, Bruce Williams, Michelle Fitch, Colleen Vasquez, Ashley Laughlin, Gillian Anderson, Marlin and Jacquie Gregor, Leigh Costello, Aoife Brady,  Ria Bower, Michele Seher, Tess Johnson, Adrienne Taren, Gregg & Sarah Lemieux, Jessica Upchurch, Karen Hall, Melanie Long, Robin Kindrick, Susan Swarts, Prashanth BP, Melissa Levanduski, Caitlin O’Leary, Tony King, Robyn Dishong, Abbe Kaufman,… Read More »2014 Walk Your A.S. Off – Step Announcement

Step Totals – Week 1 Through Week 6

  What an amazing job everyone! Here’s the break down: Total: 341,341,683 People: 330,649,767 Paws: 10,691,916   Let’s finish strong! We’re averaging around 63 million steps per week which is just awesome everyone! We have a couple of big walk events coming up that will add some pretty big numbers but I’d love if we could hit a BILLION steps this year (might be a stretch but we’ll be posting some ways to get additional donations in the next couple of weeks). Last year we took 654,568,770 collective steps. Do you think we can hit a BILLION this year? For… Read More »Step Totals – Week 1 Through Week 6

Monday Motivation – Visions Of Our Destination

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart   “You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone!” – Rod Serling   I spent most of the week pondering what to write about. What on Earth could I put on paper to keep our AS-tronauts motivated? What are our visions of our destination? As luck would have it a saw a book about “local boy” Rod Serling and I started thinking… Read More »Monday Motivation – Visions Of Our Destination

Monday Motivation – The Stars Shine For You

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart Greetings AS-tronauts! Here we are striding past the half way mark of this leg of our journey to Mars. I don’t know about you but this is when my motivation starts to wane. Last week we talked about our frustration with being sick; that frustration evolves as you realize your step counts barely break 1000/day let alone 5000. It is this disappointment with your lower than expected step count that can lead to a lack of motivation. I was having trouble trying to figure out what to write this week. I was continuously berating… Read More »Monday Motivation – The Stars Shine For You

Monday Motivation – Where's The Kaboom?

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart   Where’s the Kaboom? This past week I’ve been feeling like Marvin the Martian “Oh! Mutiny makes me so angry!” While there hasn’t been a mutiny on Spaceship WYASO2014 it seems there is some sabotage going on. I was sick the week before and this past week I have been trying to catch up and I don’t think I’ve done that yet. Through all of this I have noticed an increase in “flares” (when the inflammation increases creating lots of pain) for those of us with AS and other types of rheumatic problems and… Read More »Monday Motivation – Where's The Kaboom?

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!