Randy Patrick

Patient Leader

My life changed forever after getting a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in November 2012. First, I thought my life was going downhill.....Was I going to be in a wheelchair? How am I going to take care of my family?......BUT! Boy was I wrong! Knowing how I felt after diagnosis led me to becoming an advocate for this disease. I don't want people to feel the way I did or others do when they are diagnosed. I want others to know there is hope and want them to know MS is a manageable disease. I want them to make connections with others with MS. I started the 3rd Party group Must Stop MS! on Facebook to provide support, new information regarding MS, and to raise awareness of the disease. Must Stop MS! quickly spread to Twitter and Instagram and my support system continues to grow. I started a weekly Twitter chat named #ChatMS that occurs every Monday at 7pm ESt. Each week we discuss a new topic related to Multiple Sclerosis. These Tweet chat questions also get posted in a Closed Facebook group named #ChatMS and also get posted to my Instagram Feed. Meeting all these amazing people in the MS community and helping others make connections is what it's all about. Bringing the community together to help raise awareness, support each other, and give hope to those who need it is my mission. I won't stop until we get that cure we all need. #CureMS

Location

Elkton, MD

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Advocating for Another Best in Show: Community Best in Show: Twitter

Winner

Best in Show: Twitter

Randy has brought together a devoted community of people who meet every week to join in on #ChatMS. It's not an easy job moderating & hosting live chats - especially every week, but Randy is always there with relevant topics & a sense of humor. People adore him & I do to!  — Mary

Randy does an amazing job with his group and their Monday night #ChatMS. He does a lot of work with fundraising and awareness campaigns. He is always one to offer advice and lend an ear to those looking for support.  — Jason

Randy hosts an amazing facebook.page for people who suffer from multiple sclerosis called #chatms. He hosts weekly discussions where he evolves the members of the group. Randy also is an amazing volunteer and fundraiser for the National MS Society. He truly is a patient advocate that sets the bar when it comes to awareness.  — Jason

I was thrilled to nominate Randy last year & he won! He is highly deserving of another nomination this year as well. Randy continues to stand out as lead host for #ChatMS every Monday evening, 7-8pm EST. He is supportive, respectful, funny & maintains a loyal following. Also, he stays on trend with rotating topics of interest & importance.  — Mary

Super proud of my husband. He took MS by the horns and now helps so many others find a place on social media to know they are not alone, talk about their disease, fears, and learn more about how to manage MS so MS doesn’t manage them.  — Tracy

It's hard to have Multiple Sclerosis. Every week they they host a #ChatMS that involves the MS community with a wide variety of subjects and isn't afraid to approach any subject. That is very helpful to the community and that is why I am nominating Randy for Best in Show: Twitter!  — Michelle

Randy is an amazing advocate for those with MS. His weekly chats open up conversation on multiple topics for those who suffer. He also does amazing fundraising and awareness campaigns  — Jason

Randy Patrick

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