Apples For A Cure



Today is the beginning of Apple Season!

Two years ago today I started the year long Art Apple A Day project and painted 365 Apples For AS! Today on this anniversary I am announcing the next step – Apples For A Cure!

Apples For A Cure is an idea I came up with a few months after I started creating my daily apples. It was one of my long term goals to be able to continue to use apples as a way to talk about living well with disease, incorporate health and wellness into any discussion of chronic illness, and a big picture way to encompass everyone and move towards the ultimate goal – a CURE! Awareness ribbons are for awareness. I feel that the time is now to move into actively working towards cures and what better symbol could there be to speak of curing illness than the ultimate symbol of health – the apple!

A Blue Apple is for Spondylitis & Arthritis. A yellow apple for cancer, a red apple for HIV/Aids for example. Each disease has a color or a combination of colors. To see a list – check out awareness colors here. Apples For A Cure will use apple images in disease awareness colors to instantly create a symbol for that particular disease cure! Let’s move beyond speaking of awareness and focus on how we can truly keep the doctor away – with CURES!

Year one of Apples For A Cure begins today and we of course launch it with Blue Apples!

To celebrate I will be painting and posting and giving away an original blue spondylitis or arthritis apple or any of the diseases that use BLUE as their awareness color. Everyday for the next 31 days I will pick an apple submission out of the apple crate and share who will be receiving that day’s apple!

So now you are wondering how I’ll choose – well, I won’t – YOU will. I will then randomly pick a name from your submissions. There are three easy steps to be entered.

Here are the guidelines: (you need to do all of these “things” to be entered into the pool I will randomly select from)

  1. Please post a comment here below this blog post and let us know who you would like to receive one of these 31 very special apples. You cannot ask for one for yourself – these apples are gifts from me and a gift from you to someone who has a from of Spondylitis, Arthritis or any disease that uses the color BLUE as their awareness color –  and most importantly you are asking for an Apple For A Cure to go to someone very special to you. You may only submit one name :0) – just so that we do not get spammed.
  2. You must “like” the new facebook page! It’s a brand new page as of today and we need to get the word out so please like away and share Apples For A Cure.
  3. You need to sign up for our email list. We only email a few times a month max and send out lots of great stuff! Here is the link to our email newsletter.


That’s it! I hope you are one of the 31 to receive your Apples For A Cure original Blue Apple. It will look similar to the one below.

Until tomorrow!




See the apples and who they went to HERE!




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Comments 52

  1. Julie Wethington wrote:

    My son, age 17 has AS and was diagnosed at age 15, but the apple is not for him it is for a young boy and his family from our community, who is only 8 years old and has been diagnosed with AS recently.

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 11:38 am
  2. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Julie, Thank you for joining me & for your beautiful thought and time to think of this young boy. Since you are the first to enter the give away – the first blue apple will go to him. I’ll post an image of it later today and if you can send a private message to me on the Facebook page as to where to send it and his first name would be wonderful. I will get it into the mail right away. Please give your son my very best. Love, Jenna

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 12:25 pm
  3. Andrea Sarullo wrote:

    I’d love one of your beautiful apples to give to my fiance Wayne who has AS. He is now 36 but from the age of 18 AS fused his spine and neck together and he has had both hips replaced. Despite having an awful disease like AS for half his life, it never brings him down and he is always so so positive. I never understand it when I have bad RA days but he is my hero and I look up to him.

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 2:08 pm
  4. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Andrea, Please give him a big huge hug from me. I’ll look for your email sign up then you’re in the apple cart for a chance for an apple. For tomorrow’s drawing you’ve got a pretty good shot at an apple at this point!

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 3:17 pm
  5. Betsy Baker wrote:

    i would love to nominate miss maya klauber. although we are no longer daily support to each other, she was the first in the AS community that made me realize i am not alone and for that i am eternally grateful.

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 6:46 pm
  6. Lori Laverty wrote:

    Another beautiful idea Jenna. xo I would love it if my Mom Lynda Laverty could be entered in to win an apple. She, along with myself, has Ankylosing Spondylitis and many other forms of arthritis in her body. She is honestly the most wonderful woman in the world, and is constantly doing good for others. She is needing a knee replacement now which saddens me so much, as she has already been through a long, drawn-out surgery which ultimately did nothing to benefit her in the end. YET, she keeps positive! And we just adore her for that!!
    Thank you again Jenna for all that you do in our community. You are a beautiful person!! xo

    Posted 02 Oct 2012 at 5:21 am
  7. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Miss Maya is a wonderful person to receive an apple! I am so glad she was there for you Besty! xO

    Posted 02 Oct 2012 at 10:48 am
  8. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Lori, I did not know your mom had AS. Uugh! Every time I meet someone who has AS I want to give them a hug. Will you please give your mom a hug for me and wish her the best with her knee replacement. Taking a positive approach makes it easier to get through and you obviously learned that from your mom. Thank you for the “nomination” of Lynda and the kind words for me. xO – Jenna

    Posted 02 Oct 2012 at 10:51 am
  9. Joy Last wrote:

    I would love for an apple to go to Cookie Hopper who does a great job caring for all of us who have AS. She hasn’t been feeling well lately and a blue apple would cheer up.

    Posted 02 Oct 2012 at 2:47 pm
  10. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Joy! I’m so glad you put Cookie’s name in for an apple! I’m worried about her too. She does so much for all of us with AS. I’ll be drawing day two soon :)

    Posted 02 Oct 2012 at 3:29 pm
  11. Lindsay Cairns wrote:

    I second an apple for Cookie Hopper!!!! :)

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 12:34 pm
  12. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Yay! Thanks Lindsay :) xO

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 12:50 pm
  13. Carrie Beth Brown wrote:

    I would love to see Lene Andersen get an apple for all the work she does for RAHealthCentral and for her awesome blog The Seated View… She’s been living with RA her entire life and has been there for countless numbers of people with arthritis over the years. I definitely think she deserves an apple for her hard work and perseverance.

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 2:02 pm
  14. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Hi Carrie Beth! Lene does amazing work and I’m thrilled you submitted her to get a chance at one of the apples! xO

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 4:09 pm
  15. Dave Wukusick wrote:

    I feel a friend of mine, whom I met by chance on FB, Lisa Thierman should get One of your special Apples. She does have AS and maybe seeing it everyday would bring a bigger ray of SUNSHINE into her life. I think about all the post and information she is sharing with others but seldom complaining about her own problems. Please select her for one of these. thanks!!! :)

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 4:24 pm
  16. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Dave, I know Lisa and she is truly wonderful. I am so glad you have submitted her. I hope that these apples do bring sunshine to people. Thank you so much for sharing with us about Lisa – she is a social media whirlwind and her efforts help so much! <3 – Jenna

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 5:00 pm
  17. Annette McKinnon wrote:

    I suggest that Auntie Stress, Marianna Paulson, should get an apple. It’s a real achievement to blog every day for a whole year with tips that are a mix of practical, physically helpful and stress reducing.

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 5:10 pm
  18. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Annette – Hello! Thank you for telling us about Marianna. I have not seen her blog but I do know the stress of blogging everyday for a year since I did that from October 1, 2012 to Sept 30, 2011 with 365 posts and apples! It is so nice to be introduced to her through you and very nice to find a fellow 365 traveler. Thank you so much for stopping by and putting in Aunite Stress’ name!

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 5:20 pm
  19. Carrie Beth Brown wrote:

    :) Her writing and her compassion have gotten me through many tough days with RA. She’s always been someone who I admired and she is also an amazing friend. How could I not put her name in the hat?! ;)

    Posted 03 Oct 2012 at 5:46 pm
  20. Carrie Matheson Bonin wrote:

    I nominate Michael Smith to receive one of your wonderful apples for all his work on Spondyville :-)

    Posted 09 Oct 2012 at 6:59 pm
  21. Deborah Neil wrote:

    I nominate Jacquie Gregor. She has AS but she fights through the pain of this disease and is always there for others. She truly has found peace. Jacquie is so beautiful, she asethetically gorgeous, but she truly possess that rare inner beauty we seek to find. She is intelligent. She has a wonderful husband who supports het, she gives as much to the relationship. If I didn’t believe in soul mates, one look at them or a picture and you will see it. Jacquie is very active in the community and her church. She teaches mediation classes. Jacquie is one of God’s Angels here . Earth. I am blessed and a better person because she is a close friend. AS causes her a lot of pain, but you won’t hear her complain. She truly deserves a blue apple.

    Posted 10 Oct 2012 at 1:01 pm
  22. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Deborah, I think Jacquie is wonderful too! I’m so glad you put her name in for an apple. <3

    Posted 10 Oct 2012 at 8:02 pm
  23. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Thank you Carrie for putting Michael’s name in. He is a good friend and a wonderful man who does so much for the Spondylitis community. xO Jenna

    Posted 10 Oct 2012 at 8:02 pm
  24. peginpal wrote:

    i nominate my husband, joel kuykendall. he was diagnosed 3 years ago with ankylosing spondylitis. his neck has fused and his knee is bad. he rarely complains and works hard every day, on sept 14th he had emergency aortic valve replacement and a single bypass. today (oct 10) he walked 25 minutes and peddled 30 minutes on his foot peddler. he is building his stamina to return to work, in spite of having to cance his remicade treatments until full recovery. i have been married to him for 36 years and he has been by my side each and every day. we lost our son, dallas, 2 years ago, and i couldn’t have done it without joel. he is strong, sensitive and humbly grateful for the second chance he has been given. he is my miracle man…

    Posted 10 Oct 2012 at 8:26 pm
  25. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Hi! Thank you so much for sharing about Joel. He sounds like a true AS warrior please give him a gentle hug from me. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dallas. No mother should have to go through the pain of losing a child. I know you carrying him in your heart every moment. My Dad had the same heart valve replacement about 6 years ago – it is a difficult recovery but very successful for people. My very best to you. xO – Jenna

    Posted 15 Oct 2012 at 11:53 am
  26. Maya Klauber wrote:

    Betsy, this means more to me than I can say…it would be a true honor to receive one of Jenna’s amazing apples (and especially because you nominated me).

    Posted 19 Oct 2012 at 11:40 am
  27. Maya Klauber wrote:

    Hi Jenna!!

    I would love to nominate Miss Betsy Baker because she has been a constant support and source of love over the years. She has always reached out to me in dark times and celebrated with/for me in the good times. She is a wonderful friend and family member to so many, and she makes me believe that it’s possible to have a happy family while coping with this illness.

    Posted 19 Oct 2012 at 11:45 am
  28. Aqsa or Ivanhoe wrote:

    I nominate Aqsa, or Ivanhoe. Both of them have done tremendous work with their hidden talents.

    Posted 19 Oct 2012 at 12:37 pm
  29. BARB wrote:

    Thank you for doing something to make more people aware of AS. My son, Joe has it and he has a hard time explaining what it is. He is 43 and was diagnosed about 4 years ago. He was lucky to find a support group but so many people with AS don”t know what is available out there for them.
    Since I became aware of his disease, I have tried to find out more about it and spread the word to people because, as I’m sure you are aware of, a lot of people think there can’t be anything wrong with the person because in their eyes they look fine. They just don’t see the pain and bad days of AS.
    Thank you for all your inspiring ideas to help people become more aware.

    Posted 22 Oct 2012 at 5:41 pm
  30. BARB wrote:

    I’m sorry, I shoud have put my son Joe’s name up for an Apple. He right now has his lower back fused, his neck is fusing. He suffers a lot from different illnesses associated with AS including immune problems which have caused to have pneumonia several times.
    I know he would like his AS support group to know about you and your work.

    Posted 22 Oct 2012 at 5:47 pm
  31. Lene Andersen wrote:

    I’d like to nominate Brad Carlson for an apple. Brad has had a pretty bad time with RA and a number of other interesting and related medical conditions. Just as past week, he’s been hit hard with three additional medical situations related to RA.

    Brad had to stop working a couple of years ago and uses a scooter to get around. Throughout this, he is a tireless advocate for RA awareness, going to Washington DC to advocate on behalf of The Arthritis Foundation, pressuring lawmakers to create better legislation to support people living with RA and raises a ton of money for the Jingle Bell Run. He writes wonderful post for RAHealthCentral and is active in several Facebook groups where he offers wise advice, helpful tips and makes people laugh. Brad’s devoted to his wife Laurie and is a fantastic role model of what a good man should be. He is the go-to guy for the kids in the neighborhood who would like a new toy from his wood shop and while he is at it, he sneaks in a bit of RA awareness there, too. Brad’s commitment to making the world a better place is visible every day. My life is better because he’s part of it.

    Posted 23 Oct 2012 at 10:39 am
  32. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Lene, Thank you for telling us about Brad! He is an RA Warrior for sure!

    Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 1:19 pm
  33. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    Hi Barb! Joe sounds like w wonderful person. Thank you for supporting him – it is so important to those of us living with a form of spondylitis to have the love and support of our family and friends. I am so glad to hear he has found a support group as well. Please give him my regards. Love, Jenna

    Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 1:21 pm
  34. Jennifer Dye Visscher wrote:

    I think this is from Hedy… You are right – they have both have wonderful talent and I’d love to see both of them get a blue apple as well. xO Jenna

    Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 1:23 pm
  35. Cookie Hopper wrote:

    Lindsay, thank you so much, that is so sweet of you!

    Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 1:33 pm
  36. Cookie Hopper wrote:

    Joy, thank you so much, you brought me to tears, with your kindness. I am simply honored and blessed by your kindness.

    Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 1:34 pm
  37. Cookie Hopper wrote:

    I tried my best to nominate EVERYONE I could think of… and tried so hard to think of imposter names to vote lol. Since I had to narrow it down to one. I would like to nominate Diane Niiganii, the reason is because of the true gentleness and compassion toward humanity. I watched a video of her standing in a convention center for hours giving away free hugs… a lady who has trouble standing and hugging, who cared that much to make a difference in some small way that touched my heart in a huge way.

    Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 1:37 pm
  38. David Brown wrote:

    I am sneaking on to my wifes ipad to nominate her. She has told me about them and they really excite her. She has been very active this year in starting a blog, regarding RA,and has worked up to health guide on the RA portion of HealthCentral. I am so proud of her that I could burst. Her name is Carrie Beth Brown. Thanks for all your good work!

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 5:50 pm
  39. Carrie Beth Brown wrote:

    LOL, I guess I should leave my iPad sitting around more often! Thank you honey for your nomination!! What a sweet surprise… I love you so much!! :)

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 6:07 pm
  40. Joy Last wrote:

    You are welcome. You are so deserving of this for all you do for us ASers!
    Joy E Last

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 6:14 pm
  41. Dawn M Gibson wrote:

    I nominate my friend Kelly for an apple. She lives gracefully with several serious health issues and inspires others to live to the fullest on her blog: Everyone who knows her loves her to bits. Thanks!

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 6:16 pm
  42. Dawn M Gibson wrote:

    I also nominate my best friend/sister Denise Novak. She’s a migraine and behavioral health warrior. She has been my major support through my illness for the last 11 years. She also provides support to her two parents who are also arthritis warriors.

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 6:25 pm
  43. Ron Jones Jr wrote:

    I would like to nominate my Uncle, Patrick Jones. He is an amazing example of someone who doesn’t let AS get them down. He is the mayor of his home town, Orangeville, UT. He serves faithfully in his church and owns his own business, a hardware store, which despite have a totally fused back, he still runs and you can find him there every day of the week. He spent the majority of his life undiagnosed and going from doctor to doctor trying to find out what was wrong. He spent many years without medications or help. I asked him once how he deals with having AS and he told me, “you simply pretend you don’t have it”.

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 6:30 pm
  44. Mimi wrote:

    Mary Ellen Hubbard

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 6:56 pm
  45. Aqsa Rajput wrote:

    I nominate Catherine Friend Tidman as she’s going through tough time, I hope this apple would bring her encouragement!

    Posted 31 Oct 2012 at 9:41 pm
  46. KarenGail wrote:

    Good evening, Jennifer! Jim and I feel fortunate to have become acquaintances of yours thru Facebook! We didn’t even know what Ankylosing Spondylitis WAS! until Jim was diagnosed thru the Veterans’ doctors of psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal stenosis, osteo arthritis and of course Ankylosing spondylitis. Then I found you and your beautiful artwork online while ‘researching’ on my ‘machine’ (as Jim fondly calls my laptop!!) My Jim. What can I say? Like others who have posted about their loved one, he is my love, my lover, my soulmate, my mainstay, my foundation who keeps me grounded! Jim is my VietNam Vet, retired plumber who NEVER complains about the pain and stiffness. I say he is as close to Jesus Christ as anyone can get. In my humble opinion he doesn’t deserve the pain and misery of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Even tho’ retired from his plumbing profession, he continues with tools etc. and is trying to update our living room to make it more cozy, shabby-chic comfortable by applying white beadboard ‘cuz his wife ‘wanted it.’!! Jim knows all about you ‘thru’ me from FB and I know he’d love to frame and hang an apple, not just ANY apple, but one of YOUR apples in our finished, (eventually!) remodeled great room! Jim is doing a bit better since his rheumatologist “upped” his methotrexate. He remains encouraged and inspired! Thanx for the opportunity, Jenn and Thanx for being a Friend!! Sincerely, Karen Sebor Chardon, OH

    Posted 01 Nov 2012 at 9:13 am
  47. pammy943 wrote:

    It looks like my comment never originally posted :( I originally said HollyZ & Canbheather. Not sure if either is on Facebook but I know they’re on twitter. These two woman are amazing and very inspiring to me.

    Posted 01 Nov 2012 at 11:35 am
  48. Pamevila Hanson wrote:

    I second this one!

    Posted 01 Nov 2012 at 12:30 pm
  49. AS Mary wrote:

    Apple for Catherine FT please :)

    Posted 01 Nov 2012 at 4:38 pm
  50. Candyce Sindelir wrote:

    I’d like an apple for my mom. She was such a trooper throughout the years with all of my doctoring when it all first began when I was young – I always tried to be fit and healthy, and seemed as though I was one health disaster after another. It wasn’t until 2006, when I was 39 that I was diagnosed “finally” and just 2 months after beginning treatment with my Rheumatologist, when we suddenly & unexpectedly lost dad. With no life insurance, because he had recently cashed it in to finish the addition on the house and of course medical bills. Mom paid for his funeral & burial with monetary donations. I seriously do not know how mom did it, and all the while I was very sick with AS in a full roar. I had just begun my road to recovery with Humira, and with the sudden passing of dad, it only prolonged my progress. I lost my dad, my health, my jobs, myself – but mom was still there, because of her strength, love and faith. To my mom Sandra, my hero. With Love -

    Posted 01 Nov 2012 at 8:59 pm
  51. Brad Carlson wrote:

    I would like to second that! Lene is my RA hero, she is so open and honest with her insights, she pulled me from a very dark place and set me on the advocacy trail! I consider her my RA mentor for sure. She is a very special person!

    Posted 01 Nov 2012 at 9:18 pm
  52. Tiffani wrote:

    I would like to nominate my son Dillon. He is 16 and was just diagnosed this month with A.S. The doctor said he suspects he has had it for years. His hips and lower back are fused. His shoulders are bad. He has played year round football and basketball. He will be missing his Basketball season this year. He is determined to be able to play both next year, which will be his senior year.

    Posted 20 Nov 2013 at 2:15 pm

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