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San Diego-area woman named National Psoriasis Foundation Volunteer of the Year

Cristy Boisvert of La Mesa, Calif., was named the 2010 National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her tireless dedication to help find a cure for psoriasis. Each year, the Psoriasis Foundation presents the award to an exceptional volunteer for their contribution and positive impact on the psoriasis community.

Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Boisvert, who's had psoriasis all her life, has been involved in all aspects of the organization. Her volunteer work for the Psoriasis Foundation includes:

  • Leading a psoriasis support network in San Diego;
  • Being a member of the Walk to Cure Psoriasis committees in Los Angeles and San Diego;
  • Advocating for psoriasis research during the Foundation's Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.;
  • Serving as a mentor for newly diagnosed patients through the NPF's Psoriasis One to One program.

In addition, she travels throughout California training other advocates to meet with lawmakers, and worked to ensure that every member of the state's congressional delegation was contacted by a psoriasis advocate, asking them to co-sponsor the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research, Cure and Care Act (PPARCCA), currently up in Congress.

To learn more about Cristy, the Volunteer of the Year program and other National Psoriasis Foundation volunteer opportunities, visit www.psoriasis.org/voty.

July 15, 2010