Meet the Nominees

Shireen Hand

I have lived with endometriosis since the age of 12. Now in my thirties, unable to work following a flare…

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International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis

WE ARE AN INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR AUTOIMMUNE & AUTOINFLAMMATORY DISEASES WITH ARTHRITIS AS A MAJOR…

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Kayla Cares 4 Kids

This mother/daughter duo work tirelessly to help sick kids feel better by providing education & entertainment…

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Jennifer Maizel | Diabetes 101

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes ten years ago and have made it my mission to raise awareness and…

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Barby Ingle

Barby is an advocate for 150 Chronic Pain Diseases | President, International Pain Foundation | Best…

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@BabbleOnBrooke

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

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Josh Robbins HIV [imstilljosh]

HIV was a topic I wore a red ribbon -- a cause, until I learned on 1.24.12 that the first person I would…

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Tami Stackelhouse

As Founder of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute, Tami Stackelhouse dreams of a day when…

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Rachel (Epilepsypositivity)

After struggling with my epilepsy for years I decided that more awareness and support was needed. In…

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Natalie Hayden

Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden, 34, is a former TV news anchor with Crohn's living in St. Louis. Her mission…

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Frank Rivera

I am a patient advocate as well as a patient for Sarcoidosis. I was diagnosed in 2011, but was misdiagnosed…

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Stickit2stage4

Diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer at 43 in 2013, I quickly realized there was little funding…

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Kelly Wahle

For many years I wrote for my blog, Fly With Hope, mainly on my journey with disabling daily chronic…

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The Psych Central Show With Host Gabe Howard

My name is Gabe Howard and I'm an award-winning writer & speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders.…

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Bob DeMarco

Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). AlzheimersReadingRoom.com The…

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Suzanne

Hi, I'm Suzanne! My favorite word is "HOPE"; it is a verb & to have it, you must do something. I've…

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Kendra Neilsen Myles

Kendra holds a BS in Public Health from the University of Maryland. She has extensive knowledge on the…

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1981 and has been eating gluten-free ever since. She…

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Ivonne Macewen

My advocacy started way before I ever thought I would be advocating for myself. Raising funds for homeless…

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Kristi Donahue

I was diagnosed with stage 1a melanoma in Oct of 2011 and since then have helped to spot it on multiple…

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Katie Parker

Upon diagnosis with breast cancer in 2010 at age 36, I knew that a big part of my life's journey would…

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Dr. Patty Verdugo, PsyD

I became ill when I was 20 years old. I have now had now had 7 back surgeries (2 this year in 2017) that…

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Karen Ryan

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a diagnosis that sends a parent into a tailspin when…

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Action For Adrenal Awareness

Our team knows what it means to live with this rare, invisible and sometimes fatal disease-Addison's…

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