There are many ways to raise awareness for a cause you're passionate about but personal stories typically create the biggest buzz and generate the most attention. It's often difficult to find a starting point - how do I get my story out and who do I send it to? We're here to help! Ahead of PWSA | USA's much-anticipated and first-ever D.C. Fly-In event, we are asking our community to consider writing their own op-ed piece to gain interest and momentum around this event, and in-turn, our community's needs.
The D.C. Fly-In is the centerpiece to PWSA | USA's 2022 Advocacy initiative. This exciting, in-person event will take place September 19 - 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C. and provide an opportunity for our state activists to expand their efforts and engage their individual members of Congress.
Our platform will be to encourage a non-partisan resolution declaring May 15, 2023, and every year thereafter, as PWS Awareness Day in the United States. It will also give our advocates an opportunity to speak in support or opposition of legislation that affects all of the rare disease community.
Leading up to this exciting event, we are asking our community to help us get the word out by writing an op-ed piece and submitting it to your local news outlets. PWSA | USA's Community Engagement Specialist Dorothea Lantz recently attended We The Patients' Washington, D.C. Fly-In event, and wrote her own op-ed piece to help them raise awareness. From her efforts, multiple media channels have reached out for interviews, including Miami's ABC news station. On Thursday, June 23rd, Dorothea and her family were interviewed by WPLG about Prader-Willi syndrome, her son's needs, and PWSA | USA (see behind-the-scenes pictures above). The news piece is set to air around the second week of July, and we will share it on PWSA | USA's website for you to watch.
Several more of our advocacy volunteers have written their own op-ed pieces as well, and have received calls from their local stations and newspapers. It is an extremely powerful tool that can help get PWS and our community's needs across to a larger audience.
If you are interested in getting this process started and helping us raise awareness for the September D.C. Fly-In event, click on the button below to view our Op-Ed Template. You can also reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance or if you have any questions.
Thank you for your help!