Each August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) unites its community in a show of support, celebration and dedication. We come together around a common commitment to finding a cure for psoriatic disease. This year in particular, we bond over a shared spirit of resilience and empathy.
This will be an August like we have never had before. As the pandemic proliferates, it becomes increasingly difficult to remember what normal looked like. What is “the usual” anymore?
We have told your before and we will tell you again, we are here for you. You are not alone in these times. Psoriasis Action Month is a great reminder of all that binds us – of all we share.
Whether you make a donation to help us fund collaborative, transformational research, or you dust off the old 10-speed and ride the neighborhood on PsO Virtual Active Day, we thank you for your participation and for choosing to be a member of this vibrant, inclusive community.
Help Us Increase our Contributions to Research
Despite the myriad challenges that 2020 has had in store for us all, NPF has awarded $3.28 million in research grants. And in the very near future, we plan to contribute even more. That is only possible with the help of people like you, who want to see advances in treatment and, ultimately, an end to psoriatic disease.
“NPF supports research that is cutting edge – that is patient centered,” says April Armstrong, M.D. MPH, NPF Medical Board Chair and Associate Dean of Clinical Research at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, in a recent NPF research video.
In that same video, Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., MPH, Director of the Clinical Immunology Research Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center says, “The National Psoriasis Foundation, for psoriatic disease, really stands alone in my view in the kinds of support they give for studies to try and advance the treatment and how we understand the disease.”
Get Active and Support Our Mission
Good news for all of you who took part in our first annual PsA Virtual Active Day, we now introduce PsO Virtual Active Day. August 22 is your chance to get active, in any way you choose, and to join in with the community virtually. You can walk, run, swim, jump rope, pogo, tango, summersault… you get the idea. And the best part is you get to raise vital funds to support NPF’s efforts, all from the comfort and safety of your own home or neighborhood.
What advice does an NPF virtual event veteran participant have for you? “Do it! Show up! Don’t be worried about what you can or can’t do,” says Kendra Clement. “The NPF family is for everyone and being ‘present’ is the only important part. Everyone is here to support each other like the true community we are!”
Uncover More Knowledge
The Patient Navigation Center has prepared a set of resources designed to help you live your best life with psoriatic disease. These up to date guides are intended to help you learn more about your treatment options, your overall health and how you can set yourself up for success at your next appointment.
Among the timeliest elements is the fully updated telemedicine guide. You can experience a successful health care provider visit over the phone, tablet or computer, and with our tips and best practices, you might even learn to love the innovations of telemedicine as an option for your care.
And if you have questions about your psoriasis – and let's be honest, who doesn't? – our free Psoriasis Q and A webinar on August 18 may have the answers. If you can't be there live, simply register today, and you will receive a link to view the webinar any time you would like.
Do It Your Way
No matter how you choose to participate in Psoriasis Action Month, we encourage you to get involved and connect with this incredible community during these challenging times. This is a fantastic opportunity to show your support for those with psoriatic disease, and we thank you in advance for your gift.
Thank you to CeraVe® and Neutrogena® for supporting Psoriasis Action Month.