The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) is gearing up for this year’s national May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day activities. The 2013-14 campaign to “CARE” & Make Fibromyalgia Visible encourages people outside of the fibromyalgia (FM) community to help support and spread awareness of FM and its life-altering effects.
2014 activities are planned around the topics with free materials created by the NFMCPA for people with FM, Support Group Leaders, and other advocates to create awareness and education about FM for their local communities, government agencies, and medical professionals. Awareness program information is available on the organization’s website, including accessibility to materials created to help volunteers hold local, national and international events.
Who knows a community’s events better than a person who lives there? With this in mind, many Awareness Day venues encourage bringing other local events into FM promotional opportunities. Walks can be coordinated with area fitness centers to enhance membership interest; or community picnics might be shared with church, synagogue, and other religious organizations’ summer activities, allowing entire congregations to learn about FM. Table top exhibits at shopping malls and local health fairs are opportunities to participate locally to share FM information and awareness. Incorporate local and state government educational opportunities by utilizing proclamations and legislative visits. These suggestions are meant to stimulate thoughts about each person’s knowledge of their local, popular, event venues and how fibromyalgia awareness might be integrated into those activities. As a reminder even though this program has been created for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, it can be used throughout the year, helping to raise fibromyalgia education and interest on an ongoing basis.
Whether you are considering ordering an Awareness Day T-shirt just for yourself or contemplating ordering several for your event team members, pre-ordering them can help save time and resources. In the NFMCPA store you will find two t-shirts that may fit your event:
• The CARE & Make Fibromyalgia Visible t-shirt carries the 2014 National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day message that should be a part of any strategy you create. It matches the message that is in all of the free NFMCPA Awareness Day event kit materials.
• The CURE FM Walk t-shirt is great for volunteers, registered walkers, and others who want to participate in your local event.
Please click here to pre-order your Fibromyalgia Awareness Day shirts which includes information regarding sizes, colors and costs.