La Mesa, Calif., woman named National Psoriasis Foundation Volunteer of the Year
Cristy Boisvert's outstanding volunteerism helps the psoriasis community
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 21, 2010)—In honor of her tireless dedication to help find a cure for psoriasis, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) named Cristy Boisvert of La Mesa, Calif., its 2010 Volunteer of the Year. The award, given annually, recognizes an exceptional volunteer for their contribution and positive impact on the millions of people living with psoriasis.
Since joining the Psoriasis Foundation in 2005, Boisvert, who's had psoriasis all her life, has been involved in all aspects of the organization, dedicating countless hours to the Foundation, her community and the 7.5 million Americans who have psoriasis, a chronic, noncontagious, painful disease of the immune system that appears on the skin.
"Cristy is an advocate all-star who brings high-energy and dedication to helping others living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis," said Krista Kellogg, member of the nominating committee and the National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Trustees. "Her ability to motivate people is truly inspiring."
Boisvert's volunteer work for the Psoriasis Foundation includes leading an affiliated psoriasis support network in San Diego; being a key member of the Walk to Cure Psoriasis committees in San Diego and Los Angeles; advocating for psoriasis research during the Foundation's Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.; and serving as a psoriasis mentor to newly diagnosed patients through the NPF's Psoriasis One to One Program.
In particular, Boisvert's advocacy efforts have helped raise awareness about the disease. She travels throughout California training other advocates to meet with lawmakers to support psoriasis-related legislation, and worked to ensure that every member of California'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 under consideration by Congress.
"Our volunteers are integral to the efforts of the Foundation, and we thank all of them, especially Cristy, for their tremendous work toward finding a cure through their local volunteer activities," said Randy Beranek, president and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation.
The award, which began in 2006, honors an individual who demonstrates initiative, sustained commitment, impact and innovation. Learn more about the Volunteer of the Year program or other National Psoriasis Foundation volunteer opportunities »
About the National Psoriasis Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation is the world's largest nonprofit organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. For more information, call the Psoriasis Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit www.psoriasis.org. Follow the Psoriasis Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.