Group forms “FB Fibromites” and wins for most money raised by a team at 3rd Annual Walk of F.A.M.E. during National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
ANAHEIM, Calif.—(26 May 2010)— The National Fibromyalgia
honored “FB Fibromites” as the team raising the most money during
the 3rd Annual Walk of F.A.M.E. (Fibromyalgia Awareness Means
Everything) held last May 15 at California
State University, Fullerton (CSUF).
“FB Fibromites” participated in the 5K walk which was part of the
day-long activities that also included a Wellness Fair, educational seminars
and concert commemorating National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day hosted by the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) and
the Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center at CSUF.
Facebook “friends” meet for first time
The 14 women who consisted of “FB Fibromites” met
face-to-face for the first time that day. Initially, they had “met” and
frequently corresponded as members of the National Fibromyalgia Association’s
fans page on Facebook. The camaraderie they felt online easily transferred to
“What I felt on that day was the
instant connection we had as a team, even though we hadn't met face to
face before,” said team member, Cheryl Corral of Lancaster, CA. “We were in the
same battle, that of Fibromyalgia, and, though hard, we made sure that we made
it there that day.”
Victoria Kubiak from Woodland
Hills echoed the sentiment: “It was really great to be able to put faces of the
people who suffer from FM. I felt a good bond with these women because there
are my true Fibro Sisters, they share my illness and they get it.”
Sandy Larson, team captain of “FB
Fibromites” said she and her team are already excited to participate next year.
“Seeing my team come together to share in our illness to make others aware,
then to be able to do the 5K and run, yes run, across the finish line, made the
week in bed and every bit of pain that came that week after totally worth it!
The amazing singer Tony Terry, and his story, and meeting the NFA staff made me
decided to donate my time next year! Thanks NFA for all you do!”
The NFA’s Facebook page was launched in 2008, and currently
has over 38,000 members.
“We congratulate the dedication and enthusiasm of ‘FB
Fibromites’ and are thrilled that the NFA’s Facebook page offers a place for people
with fibromyalgia to connect with others in the community who have felt so
isolated and dismissed for our suffering for so long,” said Lynne Matallana,
president and founder of the NFA.
“FB Fibromites” raised over $4,770, surpassing their goal of
$3,500. Read more about “FB
Fibromites” by visiting their team page.
“Make Fibromyalgia Visible”
“Make Fibromyalgia Visible” was the NFA’s
theme for this year’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, officially observed
on May 12. Awareness Day is designed to increase awareness and understanding of
fibromyalgia – a chronic pain disorder usually characterized by chronic
widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep
disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress
About the National Fibromyalgia Association
The National Fibromyalgia Association is a
501(c) 3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Anaheim, California whose
mission is: To develop and execute programs dedicated to improving the
quality of life for people with fibromyalgia. The NFA publishes FM Aware magazine, which recently went digital
in 2010. For more information, visit www.fmaware.org.