Thanks for checking out my fundraising page for Team NPF Cycle in the Willamette Valley!  It means a lot to me!!!

I’m also grateful you’re considering making a donation on my behalf to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) to help with its very important mission driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and helping those affected. 

A little more than a year ago I knew nothing about psoriasis and honestly thought it was just a skin condition that caused rashes.  In fact, I wondered why people with psoriasis needed a foundation when there are so many other great needs in this world.  I had no idea psoriasis is an auto immune disease meaning the body is actually attacking itself.  I had no clue the real issue of psoriatic disease is the inflammation happening within the body causing many more illnesses to develop, many of which can be debilitating and even life threatening.  More than 58 percent of those with psoriasis will end up with cardiovascular disease due the inflammation putting them at significant risk for a heart attack and/or a stroke.  More than 30 percent will end up with psoriatic arthritis leading to major disabilities and even limited movement.  It is so much more than a skin disease!

Of course, it’s the horrible symptom of skin plaques that most people know psoriasis by.  Now knowing so many people who have psoriasis I see firsthand how these dreadful symptoms deeply impact them both physically and psychologically.

Imagine your skin creating thick patches that crack and bleed (and these can occur anywhere you have skin – face, palms of your hands, soles of your feet, eyelids, inside your nose and ears, genitals, etc…).  Though it’s an autoimmune disease and you’re not contagious, people think that they’ll catch what you’ve got.  People stare at you, move away from you on the bus and ask you to leave public pools and hair salons.  

One young lady shared with me how she had a ‘flare up’ right before a swim meet and was told she couldn’t get into the pool let alone compete for her swim team.  The life guards and recreation center manager thought she may infect the other swimmers.  One life guard even told others, “Don’t get near her.  I think she has AIDs.”

Imagine your fingers being so swollen from inflammation you can’t even where your wedding ring.  Or even worse, the swelling locks your joints up like your knees and hips leaving you paralyzed on the toilet and not able to get up.  What would you do?  Who would you call?

When you have psoriasis, your immune system has gone haywire and the pain is tremendous.  Still the real danger is how the body is being attacked and the inflammation within it is leading to so many other issues and illnesses.

You may not have the same passion as me to help those with psoriatic disease but please know the success of this cycle event is incredibly important to me as it will be the biggest event I do all year and probably for years to come.  Your support would mean a lot to me and will be invaluable in the success of this event raising funds to help those affected by psoriatic disease!

Thank you again for your consideration and for any donation you can make.  No amount is too small and no amount is too big!  

To donate to me just click on the SUPPORT ME button above. 

You can also sign up and ride in this great event! Click on CYCLE in header above and then click the REGISTER NOW! button.

Thank you and best wishes, 
Brian

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