Thursday, May 16, 2013

TEAM RSDSA: 2013 Achilles Walk for Hope and Possibility

Only 9 days left to register!
Registration for the 2013 Achilles Walk for Hope and Possibility 
 closes on May 24th.

Casey Cashman Co-Chair
Message from 
"Team RSDSA" Co-chairman, 
Casey Cashman
Hello from TEAM RSDSA Committee!
We want to remind you of the registration deadline and to introduce RSDSA's new look- just in time for the 2013 Achilles Walk.    

The Achilles Walk for Hope & Possibility is one of the best ways for the RSDSA to create awareness for CRPS/RSD as we stand together and make our voices heard!  Together we CAN and WILL make a difference. Please consider joining us the day of the walk, being a virtual walker or donating to TEAM RSDSA.

We would also like to thank the RSDSA Team members who have already registered. Currently, there are 194 on site walkers and 57 virtual walkers from 21 states!  We will be sharing many of their inspiring stories (see below) on the new RSDSA Webpage and on the RSDSA Facebook page.

Please don't hesitate to contact me at with any questions or concerns! I look forward to seeing you all at the Walk or seeing the pictures from our Virtual Walkers!

Casey Cashman
TEAM RSDSA Co-chairman
Support for "Team Jeff"... Priceless

Jeff Boyd Virtual Walker 2013
Jeff Boyd with his family

When Jeff Boyd saw an ad on the RSDSA Facebook page for the 11th Annual Achilles Walk for Hope and Possibility that will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Central Park in New York, he decided to share it on his own Facebook page.  Jeff posted the story and added that this was a good cause and that he wished he were well enough to go.

It was this post that prompted Boyd's friend, Jenny Richardson, to figure out a way to support Jeff and the cause.  She decided that if Jeff couldn't get to the walk, the walk would come to him! 

"I just went online and registered as a virtual walker," said Richardson. And, that is how "Team Jeff" was created! 

"When Mrs. Jenny Richardson first told me about the virtual walk in my honor, I was speechless; I had never had anyone do anything like that for me." Boyd said.

The South Carolinian, husband, and father of two developed the disorder after he injured his ankle at work in 2007.  After multiple surgeries on the ankle, doctors told Jeff he had CRPS and that there was nothing more they could do.

"When I was first diagnosed with CRPS in 2007 I had never heard of the disease," said Boyd.  And, he says he was shocked that when he went for a second opinion at his family doctor, she said she had heard of it-in medical school-but knew nothing about it.

For Jeff, the support of his family and his community has been priceless!  And, Richardson's vision for bringing support, awareness, education and hope to their Johnsonville, South Carolina community has had a tremendous response.

 Boyd says he is amazed at the number of people who have been asking him "What is CRPS?"
"That's really the goal for us all is to bring awareness to this monster of a disease!" 
Today, CRPS has no cure; it is something he and thousands of others affected by the pain and disability of this disorder will have to live with for the rest of their lives.  That is why having friends like Richardson-a friend who was willing to bring the walk to him if he couldn't go himself-helps bring hope and comfort to those with this disorder.

"I wanted to do it myself, but I was afraid; I didn't think I could handle it.  We now have "Team Jeff' and a couple hundred dollars already donated in my honor and it feels great!" said Boyd.

 You can Join Team Jeff by making a donation to his virtual walker page or start your own team in honor of yourself or someone you care about.  For more information on how you can help, please contact RSDSA at or call (877) 662-7737.

RSDSA is on a mission. With your help, we will continue to raise awareness and fund research to find better treatment options and, hopefully, a cure. Together we can make a difference.  Sign up today!

For Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, 
please contact Jim Broatch at RSDSA for further information.


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