Mission Awareness

Walk Your AS Off World Arthritis Day 2016 – RECAP

The Walk AS One community stood tall this year to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis on World Arthritis Day 2016. Our teams walked 1,287,797 steps in ONE DAY to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis on World Arthritis Day, which was on October 12, 2016. Our Not-So-Silent auction raised the money we need to redo our Walk Your AS Off site with an integrated step count system with FitBit, so we’re going to be starting on that shortly. Our site will be much easier to manage for Walk Your AS Off 2017, so get ready for our best year yet! It’s… Read More »Walk Your AS Off World Arthritis Day 2016 – RECAP

Team Spotlight 2016: Torus Ankylosaurus

Our team, Torus Ankylosaurus, celebrated crossing the finish line on May 31st, 2016! This is our second annual WYASO celebration and it won’t be our last. We stuck with a blue and orange theme again for our celebration. (It’s hard to change it up, lol!) We had blue cheese burgers and blue claw crab, candied carrots, orange mango salsa with blue chips and, of course, orange and blue mixed drinks! We had a great time playing board games and dancing! We ended the day with cake, a movie, and some gifts that I was not expecting! I have always been a science… Read More »Team Spotlight 2016: Torus Ankylosaurus

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

Spread The Word: Educate Others About AS

One of my favorite things to do to relax is to have a massage. No matter how stressful or exciting my day is, I can always relax during a one-hour Swedish or hot stone massage and they really help lower my pain level. I try to get one monthly, but this does not always happen. Yesterday, before my massage, the therapist asked me if there were any particular areas I would like to work on. I couldn’t help but laugh…I mean, come on, with A.S. everything hurts, right? As usual, I told her I have chronic pain just about everywhere, but… Read More »Spread The Word: Educate Others About AS

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!

Spondylitis Awareness Matters – Instagram/Twitter Campaign

Spreading awareness for a disease helps in all sorts of ways. Ask the ‘ice bucket’ people. For Spondylitis, awareness improves lives. Everyone ‘walking their AS off’ already understands this and has their own story to share. April is Spondylitis Awareness Month Saturday, May 2, 2015 is World AS Day Please join the Spondylitis awareness campaign this month and have a chance to win an ipad mini!  In my position at SAA and as a support group leader, I’m exposed to a lot of reasons. What happens when people are unaware? People ‘self medicate’ with alcohol and drug abuse. People break their neck with… Read More »Spondylitis Awareness Matters – Instagram/Twitter Campaign

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