Year one of Apples For A Cure begins today and we of course launch it with Blue Apples!
See them below (still working on this page) or go to the Apples For A Cure Facebook page where they have all been posted.
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. Every day 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 and then post the apples here on this page and send them out to their new owner! Here they are…
Day One (October 1, 2012) – submitted by Julie Wethington
Julie said, “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.”
Day Two (October 2, 2012) – submitted by Andrea Sarullo
Andrea said, “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.”
Day Three (October 3, 2012) – submitted by Dave Wukusick
Dave said, “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!!! :)
Day Four (October 4, 2012) – submitted by Lori Laverty
Lori said, “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!!”
Day Five (October 5, 2012) – submitted by Annette McKinnon
Annette said, “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.”
Day Six (October 6, 2012) – submitted by Carrie Beth Brown
Carrie Beth said, “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.”
Day Seven (October 7, 2012) – submitted by Betsy Baker
Betsy said, “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.”
Day Eight (October 8, 2012) – submitted by Carrie Matheson Bonin
Carrie said, “I nominate Michael Smith to receive one of your wonderful apples for all his work on Spondyville :-)”
Day Nine (October 9, 2012) – submitted by Beth
Beth said, “I would like to give an apple to my daughter, Yael, who was diagnosed with juvenile ideopathic arthritis 10 years ago at age 12. Later, when she was 18 and the JIA was in medical remission, she was also diagnosed with AS. None of the treatments she has been on have worked for more than a couple of months. Now the first kind of arthritis is flaring, too.
I am hoping that the gift of an apple would be like a ‘carrot’ on a stick, urging her not to give up hope. Her quality of life has been affected – she lost her teen-age years to arthritis. I don’t want her to lose her young adult years, too. The apple crop may be abundant in Washington State, but she has too much pain to reach up and pick her own.
I want to add that for the past 7 years she has been volunteering as a counselor at the family camp for children and teens with juvenile arthritis . She works with the youngest campers, from babies to pre-K. In spite of her pain, this is a ‘must do’ for her. She says that it is not fair that kids that young get arthritis – at least she had a childhood free from the pain of arthritis.
Her mom, Beth.”
Day Ten (October 10, 2012) – submitted by Deborah Neil and Kathy Ram
Deborah said, “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.”
Kathy said, “I would like to give an apple to my sisiter, Jacquie, who has been suffering with AS for the past several years. She is a wonderful person who tries hard to live her life to the fullest despite her pain. She has a great deal of compassion for others, and shows it by devoting her life to others in need. She has touched the lives of many through her selfless acts of kindness by being present when so many in her life have suffered. She so often puts her needs aside so that others can depend on her for strength. She is a wonderful, caring person to everyone. I’m proud that she’s my sister.”
Day Eleven (October 11, 2012) – submitted by Mrs. Joel Kuykendall
Joel’s wife said, “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…”
Day Twelve (October 12, 2012) – submitted by Lene Anderson
Lene said, “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.”
Day Thirteen (October 13, 2012) – submitted by Hedy
“I nominate Aqsa, or Ivanhoe. Both of them have done tremendous work with their hidden talents.”
Day Fourteen (October 14, 2012) – submitted by Joy Last & Lindsay Cairns
Joy said, “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.”
Lindsay said, “I second an apple for Cookie Hopper!!!! :)”
Day Fifteen (October 15, 2012) – submitted by Betsy Baker
Maya said, “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.”
Day Sixteen (October 16, 2012) – submitted by Cookie Hopper
Cookie said, “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.”
Day Seventeen (October 17, 2012) – submitted by Hedy
“I nominate Aqsa, or Ivanhoe. Both of them have done tremendous work with their hidden talents.”
Day Eighteen (October 18, 2012) – submitted by Barb
Barb said, “I’d like to 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.”
Day Nineteen (October 19, 2012) – submitted by Dave Brown
Dave said, “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,idanceintherain.com 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!”
Day Twenty (October 20, 2012) – submitted by Karen
Karen said, “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, Jenna and Thanx for being a Friend!! Sincerely, Karen Sebor”
Day Twenty One (October 21, 2012) – submitted by Aqsa, Mary Ann, and Pamela
Aqsa said, “I nominate Catherine Friend Tidman as she’s going through tough time, I hope this apple would bring her encouragement!” and Mary Ann and Pam also wanted to see Catherine receive an apple.
Day Twenty Two (October 22, 2012) – submitted byMimi
Day Twenty Three (October 23, 2012) – submitted by Ron Jones
Ron said, “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”.”
Day Twenty Four (October 24, 2012) – submitted by Faces Of AS
Derek is a huge support to the Faces Of AS site and apparently he comments on almost every story.
Day Twenty Five (October 25, 2012) – submitted by Dawn
Dawn said, “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:http://www.flywithhope.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/kellyw… Everyone who knows her loves her to bits. Thanks!”
Day Twenty Six (October 26, 2012) – submitted by Jenna
I decided that I would have an “artist choice” apple and I wanted one to go to my friend Mirelle who has probably one of the sweetest, kindest hearts of anyone I know. This apple is for you Mirelle. I miss you very much.
Day Twenty Seven (October 27, 2012) – submitted by Pam
Pam asked to submit her twitter friend Heather because she has been inspiring and amazing.
Day Twenty Eight (October 28, 2012) – submitted by Jenna
Amber has a facebook page called Spondy Mom where she talks about being a parent while living with Ankylosing Spondylitis. For her community and advocacy efforts she receives this apple! http://facebook.com/spondymom
Day Twenty Nine (October 29, 2012) – submitted by Jenna
Amanda has a blog and Facebook page called United Voices of Ankylosing Spondylitis. I met Amanda when I first started blogging and doing the daily apples and she and I both wrote for The Fight Like A Girl Club. She has had a difficult time with her daughter dealing with a rare form of cancer this past year and I really wanted to send her an apple for all that she does within the community as well as for the strength she has need to have in this past year to be strong for her family. Thankfully, the doctors were able to remove her daughters tumor (located in and around her left eye) and although she lost this one eye, her doctors believe she is cancer free from the successful surgery. What strength to be a tween and go through something so difficult. This special apple is for you both.
Day Thirty (October 30, 2012) – submitted by Jenna
Sabrina receives the day thirty apple for her tireless work and family involvement in the 2012 Walk Your A.S. Off as well as her other awareness month activities and she started a page called Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness on facebook as well. She is very committed to being positive and working for awareness of this disease. Thank you Sabrina!
Day Thirty One (October 31, 2012) – submitted by Candyce
Candyce said, “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.”
Thirty One Days of Blue Apples For A Cure! I will be continuing to give away some apples each month! Please make sure you are signed up to receive blog updates via email or like the facebook page at http://facebook.com/ApplesForACure