The inaugural TeamNPF Cycle, Napa Valley ride was so great, we’re doing it again in 2017; June 10th, 2017 to be exact! I had the honor of being the Cycling Chair for this event last June, and hope to not only increase ridership and ride marshal recruitment in 2017, but by devoting my fundraising pursuits solely toward this ride, I hope to surpass my fundraising totals of last year!
A little about me: I was diagnosed with severe psoriasis in 1997 and spent my first seven years suffering in isolation and silence. Medical science was just on the cusp of greatly advanced treatments, but as is well known, not all treatments work for all patients. I had tried and failed many therapies, all of which take their toll--financially and emotionally. It wasn't until 2005 that I found a treatment that got my skin as close to clear as it had been since my diagnosis. The devastating thing is that a mere three years later, it was taken off the market due to medical complications it was causing patients. I again became a prisoner in my own skin. However, armed with a lot more knowledge and a strong relationship with my dermatologist, I was approved for another psoriasis treatment that surprisingly put me into remission within just several weeks of my first dose. That was in 2009, and I have been in remission since!
I'm one of the lucky ones. Not everyone has such a success story, even once--let alone twice. There are even greater advancements in research and treatments in recent years and the research now is focusing on what treatments work on the genetic makeup of the patient so they can limit the number of failed therapies before (hopefully) finding one that works. If one day my current treatment no longer works, I would love to either have other effective treatment options or better yet...a CURE!
Please support my dream of a life free of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis by making a donation today.
All money raised by TEAM NPF Cycle provides people with psoriatic disease the services they need to live well, while funding research for a cure.
1. Donate by clicking the SUPPORT ME button above.
2. Sign up and ride with me! Click on CYCLE in header above and then click the REGISTER NOW! button.
3. Contact me for a registration code to be a Ride Marshal for the event; it’s an opportunity to ride the route, help impress good cycling behavior among our riders and help make sure they complete the route they’ve set out to ride.
Thank you so much for supporting this important event.
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