Rookie of the Year Nominees

Effie Koliopoulos

Effie is a writer, blogger, creative and patient advocate and activist for those living with rheumatoid…

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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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Jamie Teachey-Pyle

My name is Jamie. I advocate for mental and physical health because a change is needed to make people…

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Debbie @ ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

I am a patient as well as patient leader and advocate for Osteoarthritis - Avascular Necrosis - Osteonecrosis.…

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Alexandria Washington

Alexandria Washington is an award-winning health advocate located in Tallahassee, FL. She holds a Bachelor…

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Ariel Fernandez-Turner

I’m an 18 year old nonbinary college student with EDS and comorbidities, studying hard in hopes to become…

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Fight Like A Warrior

Fight Like A Warrior was founded in 2016 by, then college freshman, Alexa Chronister in an effort to…

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Christalle Bodiford

Christalle Bodiford is an artist, advocate, writer, and adventure seeker. As an entrepreneur diagnosed…

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Mila Clarke Buckley

Mila Clarke Buckley started her blog The Hangry Woman after wanting to learn more about her own type…

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Myisha Malone @gameofcrohnsandchronicillness

I became an advocate after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and than diagnosed with crohn’s disease…

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Emily Garnett

I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 32, the same week my son turned two and my husband…

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