This Sunday at the Beautiful Botanical Gardens in the Bronx we are having our Annual 5k Walk. As you can see from the picture above the trees and flowers started to bloom. Each year we walk to raise awareness about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. We also want to end the common misconception that psoriasis is contagious and that it is just a skin condition
This year our goal is to raise 165k total from all the teams and individuals. My daughter, Jackie and I formed a team called Pso Not Contagious. The “P” is silent like with many psoriasis patients who suffer in silence. We often isolate ourselves and stay hidden from society and often feel embarrassed and ashamed.
Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease that is very difficult to treat. It affects 7.5 million Americans. It is often disabling due to its painful red, flakey, irritable patches. Often people with psoriasis also develope psoriatic arthritis. If left untreated it can have irreversible effects. In my Facebook group Overcoming Psoriasis we openly discuss options and fill the gap between doctor and patient.
My wife and I love attending these events. I get so emotional seeing the crowds of people supporting our cause. My daughter and her boyfriend also participate. This year I hope to take many more pictures so those of you who can’t make it can see what a lovely day we share. Much work is done preparing our Walk. None of this would be possible without the help from DM Daryl Woolsey.
I hoping this blog inspires you to form a team. It’s not to late. I’m already thinking about next year. If you would like to join my team you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cell 631-487-5857 If you need more information about walks and Bike rides in your area contact http://www.psoriasis.org