Jennifer Visscher

One step forward!

  This past year I have felt that I’ve continually taken one step forward and two steps back. The optimist in me hates to be thinking this way but sometimes we have to own it and acknowledge it to move forward again. After the amazing 2014 year of Walk Your AS Off, a group of us decided it was beyond the time to take our community project to the next level. We realized that for us to be able to best service the AS community through the walk that we needed to incorporate and then become a US based non-profit… Read More »One step forward!

And the 2015 Walk AS One World Cup Goes To…

What a year we’ve had!   Congratulations to our first ever winners of the Walk AS One World Cup! Going forward we will hone in on our categories for these recognition awards as we get better at bringing in data from our teams. For this year we have awarded two cups based on the following two categories: 1. Total Number of Steps – reported by one team during the Walk Your A.S. Off walking season of April and May of 2015. – This year that award goes to the Orange Apples based in the United Kingdom and captained by Gillian… Read More »And the 2015 Walk AS One World Cup Goes To…

Let's Set Some Goals!

Hello WYASO Warriors! I’m thrilled to see what a great start we have for our 2016 spring season! The awareness that is happening in the AS community for AS Awareness month is stellar this year. There are blue toe nails everywhere thanks to Cookie Hopper and Helgi Olafson and the SAA Twitter & Instagram contest is in full swing. Sabrina is sharing her Daily Dose and those are just amazing this year. The talk of the walk is ramping up and new walkers are registering all the time! It’s not too late to form a team – stepping starts officially… Read More »Let's Set Some Goals!

Welcome New Walk Blogger Nicole Maher

Teams are beginning to register for our 2015 spring event and the weather seems to be getting better for many. As we prepare for our fourth year we are looking for bloggers to post about our walk, awareness activities, team highlights, general information about Spondylitis, and possible gear reviews. If you are interested please email walkyourasoff@gmail.com. Please join us in welcoming Nicole Maher – she will be blogging on Wednesday’s. Here is her first post:   Are you ready to Walk Your A.S. off in a few weeks? My name is Nicole Maher and I live in Southwest Florida. After years… Read More »Welcome New Walk Blogger Nicole Maher

New Dates For Walk Your A.S. Off 2015!

Hey walkers! For our die hard walkers – get ready for some changes coming this year that I think will shake some things up, focus the participation into various areas, and allow us to draw more friends and family to our cause! For newcomers – WELCOME – we’re thrilled to have you join us! A quick synopsis of WYASO 2015 (details to follow soon): 1. The official walk will now be held in the month of May with April being a training and recruiting period. Any steps taken during this time may be submitted. (more on this below) 2. Sign up… Read More »New Dates For Walk Your A.S. Off 2015!

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

Our World AS Day Events & Comittment

For our third year of Walk Your A.S. Off we decided that we had to become “Champions of World AS Day” since we have our finish line every year on this important day. Also since we are a worldwide walk we thought we could be a place for the organizations and people across the globe to come together. And… well, someone needed to do it! We’ve set up a new Facebook page for World A.S. Day and Walk Your A.S. Off celebrations! This page will be for everyone – no need to have been part of the walk to participate… Read More »Our World AS Day Events & Comittment

Monday Motivation – Our Teammates

Hello everyone – Jenna here! I am writing this week’s Monday Motivation (ok… on Tuesday) for Heather because she isn’t feeling so great unfortunately. Please send her some good vibes – & a comment below would be lovely. When I heard from her yesterday I told her I would write something so not to worry. I immediately knew what I wanted to write about – the motivation we get from our teammates and fellow travelers on this AS Walk. I feel inspired by their courage, their grit, and their dedication and those qualities motivate me beyond measure! Here are some… Read More »Monday Motivation – Our Teammates