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Every day patients and caregivers come face to face with completely new challenges, like food insecurity, housing instability, loss of work and health insurance, or difficulty finding a safe place to get treatments for chronic diseases. 

Our Patients Rising Concierge navigator service is there to help. 

Your support helps patients, caregivers, and families navigate the complex and deeply
 frustrating healthcare “system.”

Meet some of Our Dedicated Supporters

August Rocha

My name is August Rocha. I am an adopted Chinese American, transgender advocate, content creator, speaker, and writer battling BehçetsDisease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and PTSD daily.

I strive to spread awareness of my socially marginalized communities as well as trans joy, through social media and community building.

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Hi, my name is Karina (@karina.sturm), and I am a multimedia journalist focusing on chronic illness and disability.  Journalism is much more than just a profession for me, though. It saved me in many ways. 

When my health declined in 2010, I lost everything that defined me – or rather what I thought defines me: my job as a lab technician, my ability to compete as an athlete or to be active. I felt completely lost. The following years were dominated by a constant fight – a fight for a diagnosis, a fight against doctors #gaslighting a young, healthy looking woman due to #GenderBias. Every time I felt like giving up, I’d write. 

When I was finally diagnosed with a rare connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (#EDS) and many associated conditions, writing helped me to get through the grief and eventually arrive at acceptance.

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