As my friend know, I have had Psoriasis for some time. Over the last few years, I experienced worsening of the symptoms, resulting in the diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis. Psoriatic Arthritis is a co-morbidity that impacts ~30% of Psoriasis patients, impacting their mobility and restricting day to day activities. With the help of the NPF, novel therapies have been brought to the market, improving the quality of life of those suffering from the disease. I have also benefited from these new targeted medications and am thankful to have experienced a mitigation in my own symptoms. I am finally able to enjoy my favorite pastime activity, running, again, and I am on track to making my comeback to marathon running this Fall, where I will be sponsoring the NPF in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.
Over the past 50 years, the NPF has played an instrumental role in advancing research, advocacy, and supporting our community – all of which, I am extremely proud. While there have been many achievements to date, a lot of work is still ahead of us. The NPF continues to be a leader in Psoriatic research, seeking the creation of diagnostic tools, newer therapies, and ultimately, finding a cure to Psoriasis and its multiple associated co-morbidities.
I have an ambitious goal and I truly appreciate your support (link) in fighting this cureless disease.
For those of you in D.C. area: mid-run support would be also very welcome!