May 12 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Every year on or around May 12 events are held across the U.S. and around the world to raise awareness about fibromyalgia and its impact on patients, their families and their communities.
The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) has announced that this years Awareness Day theme is “CARE & Make Fibromyalgia Visible.” The acronym CARE stands for:
C - Contribute
A - Advocate
R - Research
E - Educate
The goal of this year's campaign is to engage people outside of the fibromyalgia community to support and spread awareness for FM recognition to the general public.
Whether you're one individual person who wants to make your voice heard, a large group sponsoring a city-wide walk to raise funds for FM research, or anything in between, the NFMCPA can provide you with a FREE Fibromyalgia Awareness Day event kit to help you accomplish your goal.
Awareness Day and Fundraiser Event Kits available include:
Community Picnic Events
Table-Top Exhibits for Shopping Malls, Health Fairs, Farmers' Markets, etc.
Walk to Cure FM Events
State Legislature Visits – Proclamation and Resolution Program
The kits contain all the materials you will need, including posters, signs, instructions, step-by-step checklists and even raffle tickets and receipts.
For more information or to order an event kit, visit the NFMCPA's Awareness Day 2013 Web page.
Awareness Day Scheduled Activities and Events
The NFMCPA is sponsoring several programs that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. The Thunderclap program is a good example. All you have to do is give one time permission for a message about FM Awareness Day to be posted to your Twitter and/or a Facebook account at 12 p.m. on May 11. The goal is to have at least 500 awareness messages go out at exactly the same time.
A number of other Awareness Day events are planned around the world – from picnics to health fairs to symposiums.
If you're interested in learning more about any of these Awareness Day programs, visit the NFMCPA's Fibromyalgia Awareness Events 2013 Web page to see what is available.
Let's all make our voices heard on May 12!