ASAP and Apples For AS are proud to present our community outreach project in honor of Spondylitis Awareness Month. We have joined forces to sponsor the largest, and most powerful awareness project to date. What makes it so powerful? YOU DO. Everyone knows the power that each AS patient’s voice has. Our goal is to have you join us in teaching the world what AS is and how it affects each person’s life. We want to hear your story! By sending us your personal experiences with AS and how it has affected your life, you are taking a stand. You are standing up and telling the world that we DO have a voice, we DO exist.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Art is a way for many people from all over the world to deal with the stress and pain of a chronic illness. By being creators, by becoming artists we can express our emotions and convey a message. By combining a visual message in the form of an apple for AS, with the stories you create about how AS affects your life, then we are portraying an accurate picture of what it is like to have Ankylosing Spondylitis. Can you imagine having 1000 different stories, and 1000 different apples, but they all have one thing in common; AS? Powerful.
AS isn’t just a disease that affects 33 million people world wide and 2.4 million people in the US alone. We have heard this statistic before, but what does it mean? It means that no one is going to listen until we all speak up. It means that our collective voices should be heard. We are not getting our message out. There is power in numbers, YOU do have a voice. When you participate in “Hope & Apples” the entire AS community stands in unity against AS. Our voices will be heard!
How can you help?
- Decide on a topic about AS then write us a story connecting the topic you chose to your personal life.
- Create an apple using your imagination and your hands. Once your apple is complete, upload it as an image to the ASAP Facebook wall.
- Share the “Hope & Apples” Campaign with others!
As a thank you for participating in our “Hope & Apples” campaign, upon completion of your story and your apple, you will be entered for a chance to win some awesome prizes! We will randomly choose 10 participants to win ASAP and The Feeding Edge T-Shirts. Also, a grand prize for the most inspiring story/apple combo will recieve an Apple Iphone 3G with a custom case designed by Jenna Visscher. The deadline for entries is May 5, 2011.
Please email your entry to HopeAndApples@gmail.com and post your apple to the ASAP Facebook page too!
Topic ideas & links
For inspiration we will be posting ideas daily as discussion topics on ASAP. To get you started here are a couple of questions to stir the creative juices. For writing topics:
What is your diagnosis story?
What does a life with AS look like?
What do you wish people knew about AS?
For creative apples ideas you can go to The Feeding Edge where Jenna Visscher has already made over 180 daily apples for AS awareness as well as guest apples from some of your favorite spondys and their family. http://thefeedingedge.com/?p=1894
Until tomorrow….. hope & apples!
Day 183 was created in black india ink & watercolor – oh and a touch of metallic acrylic ink!