We like to challenge ourselves around here! Each year, we set challenges for our our members and teams to raise more awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis. From time to time, we sponsor really cool prizes for these challenges. In 2015, we received a very generous sponsorship from a family that is related to our organization. They sponsored our Walk AS One trophy, which will be up for grabs each year for our challenge winners. They also very generously donated sponsors prizes for our challenges.
As we move from community group to non-profit charity, support like this means the world. From me, our future board members, and all who participate and volunteer – our deepest thanks.
Here are some of our Walk AS One challenges:
This challenge is over. Please stay tuned for our next One Week, One Mile, One Dollar challenge.
Prizes will be given away this year so check it out! A family related to our organization is very generously sponsoring the prizes for this challenge as well as donating and sponsoring the annual “Walk AS One Cup” trophy!
Our next Million Step Challenge is April through May 2016
Each year during our Walk AS One event running from April through to the end of May, we have a number of supporters that join our Million Step Challenge.
In order to be able to have bragging rights and entry into the Million Steppers Club, you would need to walk at least 15,000 steps per day or 7.5 miles OR you could walk 10,000 steps a day, which is what doctors recommend that we all do to stay healthy. You would need to fit in some long weekend walks as well.
More information will be available soon on this challenge we’d like to see teams take this challenge for World AS Day on May 2nd, 2016!
Our newest initiative, AS We Walk allows teams to get together and Walk AS One wearing our “Do you have BACK PAIN” t-shirts and hand out pamphlets from our partner charities that discuss the need for early detection of A.S. via screening. For people who answer yes to this one simple question we can follow up with these questions:
- Onset of pain is usually under 35 years of age and is insidious
- Pain persists for more than three months (i.e., it is chronic)
- The back pain and stiffness worsen with immobility, especially at night and early morning
- The back pain and stiffness tend to ease with physical activity and exercise
- NSAIDs are very effective in relieving pain and stiffness in most patients
Please comment below if you are interested in joining our Walk AS One challenges as a contributor or as a sponsor.