How to beat the late-winter blahs

| Steve Bieler

Repeat after us: It can't stay gray forever. Let's look back at two consecutive weekends in September 2017, when nearly 800 people raised $156,000 in almost-perfect summer weather. They walked to raise awareness, strengthen our community and beat psoriasis. Join us for a Team NPF event near you.

Team NPF Walk had a spectacular day at the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 9. Our 153 participants raised $17,000 to help the National Psoriasis Foundation drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those effected. Thao Marzullo of Team Janssen was the top fundraiser with $3,700. Second was Fiona Spagnuolo, team captain of Got Psoriasis? Samantha Roberts, while third was Stephanie Kolb, team captain of Fight the Flare.

(A special shoutout to Pattie Barrie, R.N., team captain for PsA Strong and a Psoriasis One to One mentor.)

The weather was fine in Santa Monica on Saturday, Sept. 16, when 116 people took part in our walk there, raising another $19,000. Paul Yamauchi, M.D., a veteran of NPF’s Medical Board, served as our honorary medical chair. NPF board member Rick Seiden led Rick’s Team to the front of the field. Seiden raised $4,400 on his own. He was followed by Donald Gheen, team captain of Team Beautiful, and Aimee Perez, team captain of Pretty in Pink Plaques and an NPF Community Ambassador.

In San Francisco on the same day, 155 people joined our walk and raised $32,000. Arlene Bitmansour, team captain of Team Janssen San Francisco and a former fundraising chairwoman for our Northern California Community Division, led a team of one (herself) to a $12,000 finish.

Bitmansour was followed by Carleigh Morba, team captain of the Psnow Leopards (“Psnow Leopards are Psexy”) and Apolonia Noble, team captain of Appy’s Journey, who wrote on her fundraising page: “Although [psoriasis] is a never ending battle and a long mysterious journey, the support and love I receive from family, friends and other people I meet along the way, make it worth the while.”

In Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 17, 125 participants raised $23,000 at our walk. The honorary medical chair was Michael Lewitt, M.D. Also on hand was the regional NPF Youth Ambassador, Lena Oslund, who led Team Lena. The leading fundraiser was Kathleen Coyle with $1,200, and then Ester Palmer, team captain of Palmer Family and Friends, and Amber Russo.

On the same day in New York, Team NPF encountered its only overcast skies. The weather didn’t matter, as 240 participants brought in $90,000, led by the $10,000 raised by longtime NPF volunteer and philanthropist Carol Laub and her Laub-Weiss Team. Joanna Pomerantz, team captain of Team Jojo, and Jeffrey Jacob finished second and third. The walk’s honorary medical chair was Suzanne Sirota Rozenberg, M.D., of SRS Dermatology.

Team NPF has events all over the country. We ride bikes, run, walk, bowl, yell “Bingo!” and make up our own entertainment. You can participate, too, no matter what the weather is doing. Come out and play!


Driving discovery, creating community

For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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