Presenting the 9th Annual WEGO Health Awards Winners

Each day, there are thousands of patients and caregivers sharing their health stories, raising awareness, and inspiring others to keep fighting for their health. Unfortunately, too often their incredible impact goes unnoticed, which is precisely why we created the WEGO Health Awards. It’s our mission to empower the patient voice, and that includes shining a light on the great work these patient leaders are doing.

Even in our 9th year of the program, we continue to be in absolute awe of the effort, hope and change these patient leaders are creating. With over 13k nominations this year, we’re honored to celebrate more patient leaders than ever before. Across all platforms, channels and health conditions – this year’s nominees were truly in a league of their own.

Our judges had the near-impossible task of narrowing down all of these the nominees! For our first few rounds of judging, members of the online health community volunteer their time to sort through the +13k nominations to just 96 finalists. From there, our industry judges score each finalists to ultimately uncover the 16 WEGO Health Awards winners.

The Celebration Continues…

We may be closing out our virtual ceremony, but the fun is just beginning!

Each winner is entitled to $500 towards their advocacy mission, a seat on our compensated Patient Leader Advisory Board and the chance for industry exposure events over the next year.

Over the next year, we’ll be showcasing the work of all our finalists and collaborating closely with the winners. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and strategies from these top patient leaders. In the meantime, help us celebrate this year’s winners – follow them on social below and give them a shout for their achievements!

Congratulations to all WEGO Health Awards nominees!
Thank you for sharing your story.

Top 10 | Advocating for Another

The 2019 WEGO Wellness Honors became our most significant event yet! With over 6k elections and also 130k recommendations, we had the ability to commemorate even more Patient Leaders than ever.

The program commemorates the leading 5 finalists in each of the 15 WEGO Health Awards groups, however with many elections, it’s virtually difficult to radiate an intense light on all these deserving candidates! In hopes of acknowledging a lot more candidates, we’ve assembled the Top 10 Patient Leaders in each group based upon neighborhood recommendations.

WEGO Health Awards Advocating for Another Award

Sometimes the leading Patient Leaders aren’t individuals, however instead caretakers and also for any person that is an individual, you understand simply just how much your caretaker sustains you. Below are the Top 10 Advocating for Another Patient Leader all-stars, whose interest for campaigning for originates from the love of an additional.

Autism_irl|Autism Patient Leader 2019 Advocating for Another Winner”I am a BCBA as well as Autism Sibling that has actually invested the previous 10 years operating in the autism area. 2 years earlier, I returned to Upstate NY to aid my family members take care of my sibling, Robert, that is autistic. Robert has some extreme ability shortages as well as behavior unwanteds that stop him from living an independent life. I am utilizing my expertise in the area of ABA and also my experience as an autism expert to aid him get required life abilities in order to live a satisfying, effective, as well as satisfied life. Peeks of my sibling’s trip as an autistic grownup can be

seen on our Instagram web page. Sharing our lives on social networks

has actually permitted me to get in touch with numerous outstanding people in the autism area as well as

has actually managed me an electrical outlet to promote in behalf of people that are not able to support on their own. “Comply With the WEGO Health Award champion on social! Priscilla Maass|Autism Patient Leader 2019 Advocating for Another Finalist “12 years ago my little girl was identified with ASD. Like the majority of moms and dads do, we were instantaneous supporters for our kid functioning to make certain a high quality future for her. 3 years ago my spouse had this insane suggestion that our family members might likewise promote for others by sharing our daily lives as an autism household. What began with a tiny YouTube network has actually become a social media sites existence that aids numerous countless individuals worldwide. I am directly able to develop bonds with fellow autism mommies as well as provide experience and also suggestions on browsing via points like the age of puberty, crises, negative days, as well as excellent ones. I worry the relevance of not permitting a negative minute to specify your day or a medical diagnosis to specify your life. I assist various other mamas to understand the relevance of taking some time on their own as well as just how that makes you a far better caretaker. If I needed to explain myself in one word it would certainly be” favorable “. I

simply experienced weight-loss surgical treatment to guarantee I was about as lengthy as feasible for my little girl. With sharing my worries, battles, as well as accomplishments I’ve developed

a tiny household of various other caretakers and also mothers that share their very own fat burning trip. We are

a lot greater than a YouTube network. We have actually discovered that by sharing our overview on life we

can give others with hope. “Find out more regarding Priscilla as well as follow her campaigning for trip. Pascazia Mazeze |

Sickle Cell Disease Patient Leader 2019 Advocating for Another Finalist”In 2015, remarks

like”Your child does not appear like he has sickle cell condition “passionately pressurized me to begin thinking about the methods which I can get to many others, specifically moms and dads as well as

caretakers to approve and also take excellent treatment of their sickle cell youngsters as well as likewise

stay clear of the misconceptions that have actually been developed over sickle cell illness. My leisure time was currently committed to assist households influenced straight or indirect with sickle cell illness, spending quality time to inform them as well as elevating recognition on sickle cell illness to the area around me. In a culture that is much less informed and also much less mindful regarding sickle cell condition I DECIDED TO BE THE CHANGE.” Go here to comply with Pascazia as she makes a distinction for sickle cell households. LeAnna Headley|Pediatric Cancer Patient Leader 2019 Advocating for Another Finalist

“Childhood cancer cells is the leading reason of fatality by condition, eliminating 7 youngsters today in the United States. It is an epidemic that is discussed really little. In the previous 30 + years, just 3 medications have actually been created for youngsters, while hundreds have actually been established for particular grown-up cancers cells. Kids are being offered grown-up medicines in pint-sized kind and also it is unfair. I chose I intended to do something extra substantial for these children so I started sending out as well as supplying treatment bundles all throughout the United States to youngsters dealing with. I have had the outright opportunity of fulfilling these family members and also seeing the distress very first hand.

I have actually listened to the sobs, seen the discomfort and also absence of therapy choices as well as it has

just made me much more enthusiastic regarding the reason. These children have actually come to be close friends to me, some also household.”Sign up with LeAnna as she makes a distinction for kids with cancer cells. Tory Aquino|Juvenile Arthritis Patient Leader 2019 Advocating for Another Finalist Tory supporters for her child, Mariah, as well as defend all households impacted by adolescent joint inflammation. On social networks, Tory makes use of the take care of Mariah’s Movers where she produces area, shares pointers, as well as aids to drive study onward. Click on this link to adhere to Tory on social. Isaac Okello|Sickle Cell Disease Patient Leader Isaac Okello has actually been doing Sickle Cell advocacy for the last 3 years in Uganda.He sustains and also adds exceptionally to enhance lifestyle of people dealing with sickle cell condition throughout the Country. He remains to progress treatment and also therapy by sustaining research study as well as promoting with the federal government on part its components. He additionally communicates with area companies and also risk owners to bring even more understanding to this illness. Isaac Okello is the Founder of Raising Hope International Friends(RHIF) company based in Uganda that does Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease in Uganda. He is presently the Executive Director for Raising Hope International Friends( RHIF ). RHIF has actually a technique laid to enlighten and also animate 2,000,000 Ugandan, examination 100,000 Ugandans and also 2,000 Sickle Cell sufferers on enhanced treatment by 2030. RHIF is planned to develop self-confidence, elevate self-worth, enhance the wellness condition as well as encourage the neighborhood we deal with to get involved completely in their very own event as well as choice making to help with area based tasks. #strongerTogether Visit this site to adhere to Isaac. PodcastDX|Unusual Disease Patient Leader PodcastDX is a regular meeting based podcast collection. Individuals offer experience based clinical understanding, in a peer to peer layout. Numerous Americans count on loved ones for assistance as well as recommendations when they have an illness. Given that individuals’s networks are increasing to consist of on-line peers, especially in the crucible of uncommon illness, we made a decision to apply a podcast collection to meeting as well as go over numerous medical diagnoses with real people.

Health and wellness experts stay the main resource of details for a lot of Americans, however”peer-to-peer medical care “is a considerable supplement.

Intend to get in touch with PodcastDX? Visit this site. Melissa Talwar|Fibromyalgia Patient Leader Melissa prepares to bring favorable health care experiences to the Fibromyalgia neighborhood! Her persistent discomfort trip started at the age of 14 and also after a lengthy 24 year trip of decrease as well as a shopping list of medical diagnoses, she took her wellness right into her very own hands. Via biohacking as well as individual encouraged inspiration she has actually provided herself a break in decrease and also concentrated her power on developing the not-for-profit company, International Support Fibromyalgia Network. #SupportFibro counts on partnership.

It is open, participatory and also specialized to informing, supporting as well as motivating the fibromyalgia neighborhood.

Intend to include Melissa to your people? Go here.

Cori Register|Cancer Cells Patient Leader Also as she combats her very own fight versus a Ewing’s sarcoma regression, Cori puts a large amount of power right into what she calls her “life’s enthusiasm.” She began FAM– Fighting All Monsters, something “that remains to offer me function and also inspiration to maintain going, and also maintain assisting as numerous households dealing with pediatric cancer cells as feasible.” Learn where to comply with Cori. Gustavo San Martin|Several Sclerosis Patient Leader When Gustavo was identified with several sclerosis in 2011, he chose to utilize his organization abilities to enhance the lives of various other Brazilians dealing with MS. AME– Amigos Múltiplos pela Esclerose was birthed as well as Gustavo remains to remain active promoting for others dealing with the exact same illness he does. Adhere to along as Gustavo makes a distinction. These determined supporters are making a large distinction. Allow’s reveal them some like with a comply with! Written by WEGO Health WEGO Health is a mission-driven firm linking health care with the experience, abilities and also understandings of individual leaders. We are the globe’s biggest network of person leaders, functioning throughout practically all health and wellness problems as well as subjects.