Mission Awareness

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

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 – 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 – Hitting Our Stride

Tiara’s Tuesday Talk – by Sara Sheibley   Here we are at and a lot of us are hitting our stride, figuring out pedometers and just simply WALKING! Isn’t this exciting??? Okay so our feet may not be finding as exciting as we are but hey, a little foot rub and they’ll be thanking you for it! Last year for the first few weeks of the walk I concentrated on assistive devices to aide in walking and things to do to relieve aches and pains. I was in a place at that time where I really couldn’t walk well. Actually…… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Hitting Our Stride

Monday Motivation – We Have Satellites!

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart WYASO2014 to Houston, come in Houston. HOUSTON we have satellites! All of our lives we are surrounded by people; family, friends, co-workers, associates. We even have phrases like “circle of friends” to describe some of them. We place ourselves in the center and they surround us. Over the years some relationships burn fast and hot, others a slow burn while even others are strong and constant. They say that everyone comes into your life for a reason, the strong constant people, they are our satellites. You know who they are, they are with you… Read More »Monday Motivation – We Have Satellites!

MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off

by Heather Stewart “MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off”, is what Marc Goodwin of the Rockin’ Weebles: Weebles Kick AS told his long time friend. You see, Marc is a trail runner and his friend has AS so when Marc saw posts about the Rockin’ Weebles and Walk Your AS Off he decided to talk to his running friends about AS and see if they would contribute their steps to our Mars journey. Then he took it one step further… I am pleased to announce that this year participants in the Down To Run Endurance Challenge have the… Read More »MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off

Musical Motivation Monday – Hop Aboard The Starship WYASO2014!

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart Greetings Earthlings! It’s Monday and we are just breaking orbit on our journey to Mars! That’s right, MARS! Last year we made it from the Earth to the Moon, this year we are beginning a longer walk. We don’t expect to make it to Mars in the next few weeks but we will get there eventually. So, everyone wants to know why Mars? The journey to Mars represents the average time it takes for someone with Spondylitis to be diagnosed and sadly that average is 10 years. This is one of the reasons why… Read More »Musical Motivation Monday – Hop Aboard The Starship WYASO2014!

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!

Our 2014 Booster T-Shirt Has Been Selected!

  Walk Your A.S. Off is thrilled to announce the winning design in our 2014 t-shirt contest! Congratulations to Melissa Levanduski – great job!!! “This t-shirt contest was an artistic outlet for me to open the door to help raise awareness for a great event, Walk your A.S. off, and to educate others about Ankylosing Spondylitis. All of the t-shirt designs were so wonderfully creative! I am so humbled and honored that my design was chosen to be used for the official 2014 Walk Your A.S. Off Campaign. This autoimmune arthritis is so personal for me as my younger sister and… Read More »Our 2014 Booster T-Shirt Has Been Selected!