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Walk AS One team tops the leaderboard

Walk AS One has been running every May since 2012

Orange Apples Team reach more than 16 million steps

Huge congratulations to the 70 amazing humans and 3 amazing dogs who joined together into the force known as The Orange Apples, and totted up an extraordinary 16,758,404 steps to top the tables in this year’s Walk Your AS Off challenge.

That’s an incredibly long way to go to raise awareness of axial SpA (AS).

Team Captain and NASS trustee Gillian Eames says:

Mostly our team is made up of people with axial SpA (AS) and their friends and family. We also have some of the NASS Team along with a couple of NASS Trustees and NASS Chairman Raj Mahapatra who certainly contributes plenty of steps with all his running along with David Semmence who also runs.

My good friend Welsh Minister Huw Irranca Davies, who also has axial SpA (AS), has been with us from when we started. Our team is also lucky to have Dr Raj Sengupta, Consultant Rheumatologist at the RNHRD, Professor Karl Gaffney Consultant Rheumatologist at the Norfolk andNorwich Hospital, Dr. Antoni Chan from the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Will Gregory from AStretch.

Gillian’s fellow Orange Apples are delighted with the result.

I join the team Orange Apples every year to raise the profile of axial SpA (AS). Through increased awareness we can reduce the delays to diagnosis which will allow patients to access modern treatment. So every year I hope I can do my little bit by joining hands with friends across the ASIF network to walk the steps, run the extra mile, climb that flight of stairs to improve care for patients with AS.

Dr. Antoni Chan, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, UK

I am a mum of a daughter who has axial SpA (AS) and fibromyalgia. I am a regular walker but in May my efforts are doubled as it brings me closer to understanding what my daughter is going through. She is amazing, never complains although she always has pain. Gillian is our leader and gets us all going, she deserves a star or perhaps an MBE! Go for it Orange Apples! I hope one day my daughter will be pain free.

June Sexton, Team Orange Apples

Gillian’s been really encouraging. Joining the Orange Apples has made me feel less alone.

Beth Shaw, Team Orange Apples

The team has raised £180 for NASS so far and you can still donate to their fundraising page here.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 WYASO Champions.