Dave Bexfield

Patient Leader

Dave Bexfield is the founder of www.ActiveMSers.org, a website designed to help, motivate and inspire those with multiple sclerosis to stay as active as possible—physically, intellectually and socially—regardless of physical limitations. Established when Dave was diagnosed in 2006, ActiveMSers is today one of the largest and longest-running personal MS websites, and has helped hundreds of thousands of people with MS from around the world through its encouraging website, blog, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Instagram pics, YouTube videos and discussion forum. His motto: Be active, stay fit and keep exploring! An Albuquerque, NM, resident and longtime professional writer, Dave’s efforts have been championed by The New York Times, featured in a half-page promotion in the Wall Street Journal, and highlighted in the National MS Society's Momentum magazine (including the Summer 2014 cover) and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s Focus magazine (Spring 2019 cover). Many other publications have spotlighted his journey and stubborn defiance with MS, including Conde Nast Traveler, Motor Trend, and WebMD the magazine. He is active in the larger MS community, volunteering for iConquerMS as well as the National MS Society (USA). Dave's video recapping his 2010 participation in a groundbreaking MS clinical trial (hematopoietic stem cell transplant) won fan favorite at the American Academy of Neurology 2011 Neuro Film Festival and was used to lobby for health insurance reform on Capitol Hill. And in August 2013 one of his travel stories won the international New Mexico True ultimate insider contest thanks to the support of dedicated members. Armed with attitude and a wheelchair, Dave continues to travel the world with his wife of 26 years, Laura.

Location

Los Ranchos, NM

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

For years, I’ve enjoyed my occasional interactions with Dave on Twitter - always filled with giggles & optimism! BUT, when I had the chance to meet him in person last March, I was overcome with his overall persona & compassion for others. His sincere hugs & concern for me when I was feeling unwell will never be forgotten. Love ya lots, Dave!  — Mary

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Hilarious Health Activist

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Healthcare Collaborator: Patient

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Youtube Patient Leader Hero
Dave Bexfield

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