Meet the Nominees

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Robin Markowitz

Lymphoma Canada is earnest about our role as "The Patient Voice". We strive to ensure that decision-makers…

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April Wells

In 2009 I found out that the reason I hurt is RA. First I completely and totally fell apart. I remember…

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Psoriatic Pstandup

I have been living with severe psoriasis on 85% of my body for over 15 years. I had always viewed it…

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My Life As A Puddle / Maria Thomas

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) affects five percent of the global population, but I bet this statistic…

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My name is Tina and I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2013. I share my journey to raise awareness and inspire…

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The Transplant Helper (Jim Murrell)

As a 2013 Heart Transplant recipient myself I’ve learned first hand how important donor awareness can…

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John Baumann

I am not a celebrity or famous. I have, however, provided, I'm told, the most inspirational and "hope…

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Shontelle Scott

Hi my name is Shontelle Scott and in 2015 I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis and Alopecia. Ever since…

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My name is Brittany and I was diagnosed with severe plaque psoriasis in 2014. After going to doctor upon…

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Marianne Drexler

Hi, I'm a maternal near-miss survivor. After nearly dying giving birth to my second daughter I had a…

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Chris Geiger

Chris Geiger had to endure almost two years of cancer treatment, which included a number of operations,…

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The Lupie Chick

I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus on July 9, 2011. I founded the The Lupie Chick Project soon after diagnosis…

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Alice Bast

In 2003 I founded Beyond Celiac (formerly named the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness) after my…

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Ed Tobias (The MS Wire)

The MS Wire tries to provide current news, information and tips to make living easier for someone with…

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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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Jen Vargas

I am a Caregiver to my mom, Pam, whose battle with cancer I've shared for seven years on social media.…

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Maya Northen Augelli

Maya battles rapid cycling cyclothymia, a rare mood cycling disorder. Since her diagnosis nine years…

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Al Levin

I have a blog ( where I post on topics of mental health, depression, men & depression,…

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Lara Bloom

Lara Bloom is the international Executive Director of the Ehlers-Danlos Society and responsible for globally…

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Jon Strum

Jon Strum is the host of RealTalk MS, a weekly podcast that features news, views, interviews, and breakthroughs…

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Rachel Morris-McGee

Hi my name is Rachel and I am also known as The Myasthenia Kid. I have been blogging since 2008. I try…

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Danny van Leeuwen

An action catalyst empowering people traveling together toward best health. Wears many hats in healthcare…

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Amy Lee Fisher | @chronically.ams

Hey! I'm Amy and I suffer from chronic illness including HKPP, Gastroparesis, MCAD intestinal dysmotilty…

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Dakota J. Rosenfelt

I have spent my life becoming more involved and engaged in the bleeding disorders community and have…

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Mitch Sturgeon

Before my diagnosis I was living the dream. I enjoyed a variety of physical activities such as golf,…

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Casey Quinlan covered her share of medical stories as a TV news field producer, and used healthcare as…

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Char - Chronically Hopeful

Char has been housebound and often bedridden with Severe ME/CFS since 2015. She's passionate about raising…

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Cynthia Chazen, The Mental Health Editor

Cynthia tweets and blogs about the great work folks in New Jersey are doing to destigmatize mental illness…

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