Rookie of the Year Nominees

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Ronny Allan

Ronny Allan was diagnosed with incurable Metastatic Neuroendocrine Cancer in July 2010 after presenting…

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Amanda Siebe, #PatientsNotAddicts, Disabled Americans for Change

Amanda is the founder and CEO of Disabled Americans for Change (NPO and 501c3) which is the largest grassroots…

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Barby Ingle

Barby is an advocate for PTs w 150+ Chronic & Rare Diseases | Pres. International Pain Foundation (vol…

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Summer Scirocco

In 2013, I was diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Since then I have joined a number of…

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Tom Seaman

For nearly 20 years I have lived with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. Being involved in support…

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Molly Schreiber | And Then You're at Jax

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 29 years ago and Rheumatoid Arthritis 6 years ago. I grew up familiar…

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Ten years ago I was diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). A rare chronic pain disease…

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Puja Rios

Puja is a founder, chairwoman, consultant, mentor and director of sales, as well as executive board member…

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The Headache Heroine

Hi everyone! I have had headache disorders for over 10 years. My chronic daily headaches & episodic migraines…

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Lindsey Hays

Anyone with a chronic illness, or loved ones of those with one, know that it somehow finds a way into…

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Following a spinal injury 6 years ago, I, a professional speaker, slowly lost the ability to speak &…

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Clara Lemarr

I am the founder of the Clara Lemarr Foundation. I was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder-Ehlers…

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Fibromyalgia Care Society of America, Inc.

Founded in 2015, the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America (FCSA) is devoted to revolutionizing how fibromyalgia…

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Rudy Caseres

Rudy Caseres is a public speaker, writer, and vlogger who shares his story of living with bipolar. He…

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Jonelle Elgaway

I’ve dealt with rare diseases and a palletive patient of 24 years. I have ADHD, PTSD, fibromyalgia, Raynaud…

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Deborah Davis

Having Dystonia I knew how it seems that no one understands. And without a Support Group near me it…

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Rebecca Lombardo

At 19 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I've battled mental illness on many levels most of my life.…

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Crohn's disease tried to eat my colon. We battled but I won, and my prize was a stoma. I talk about it…

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Dinah Dowell Ostenso

A Certified Holistic Health Coach, I am a 2013 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in…

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Melissa Compton

I am Melissa Compton and I am an adult living with epilepsy. I founded My Purple Friends Epilepsy Awareness…

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Jessica Byrne

Hi I am Jessica and I have several autoimmune diseases which led me to start and Lupus…

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COPD Challenger

My name is John Cummings. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was twelve: however, I was able to have…

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Becki Mc Guinness - Coping with the Big C

I'm 29 & live in London. Even though I'm in 7 years in part remission from Osteosarcoma, I called my…

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My name is Laura. I have Crohn's disease. I have an ostomy. I love to travel. My sense of humour…

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Stephanie Tait of The Joy Parade

Stephanie Tait is a blogger, author, and public speaker living in Salem, Oregon. Whether on her blog,…

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Anne Doussan

Anne is the author of [still]moving, a blog that follows her healing journey. In 2017, Anne decided to…

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Wendy Riese

My name is Wendy Riese and I have an autoimmune disease known as psoriasis. I was diagnosed a little…

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Christina Doherty

Hello everyone! I am a 22 year old vlogger and artist fighting multiple chronic illnesses. When I first…

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