Patient Leader Hero Nominees

Mike Durbin

Mike Durbin was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in December 2008 at age 24. He was also misdiagnosed…

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Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the infertility field. After her own personal journey of…

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Dr Akerkar

I am a rheumatologist & have seen the daily struggles of an Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) warrior. Over…

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Greg Pierce-WhatNext

I am a 3-time survivor of cancer, one stroke, and a basketful life-altering side effects. With a background…

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Heather Von St James

I am a 13+ year survivor of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. I was diagnosed just 3 1/2 months after the…

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Jeff Borghoff

In March of 2016 at the age of 51 I was diagnosed with Younger Onset / Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease.…

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Isabella Amazing Grace

Hi, I am Izzy! I have Down syndrome, but I am NOT defined by my diagnosis.

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Erin Smith

Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith…

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Annie Appleseed

While suffering from extreme Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Unable…

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Cathy Chester

I've been passionately advocating for the MS community for over 30 years! I was diagnosed with multiple…

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Jaime M. Sanders | The Migraine Diva

My journey with migraine has been a life-long one. From a toddler with abdominal migraine to a wife and…

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LupusChick

I'm Marisa, the founder of LupusChick. We are a NY based nonprofit for people living with lupus and other…

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Making Lemonade Because I Can

I am a 47 year old woman who had to quit her passion (teaching) due to advancing MS at the age of 42.…

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Frank Rivera

Sarcoidosis of Long Island has grown into an advocating organization to fight for the rights of people…

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Kelli Roseta

Kelli Roseta is a lupus advocate, award-winning blogger, & community liaison. She is also a 28 year…

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