While you are always welcome to visit the RSDSA website and take advantage of all of the information and resources you’ll find here, many members find that they get the most out of their affiliation with RSDSA by getting involved in our many activities. It has been proven time and again that those who participate actively in the community function better and lead more fulfilling lives.
Whether you are an adult or a youth member, you can really make a difference! Here are some of the ways you can help the community and yourself:
Help RSDSA educate health care professionals. RSDSA has developed three free accredited courses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in adults and children. Please help us inform health care professionals in your community about the availability of these free courses.
RSDSA Pediatric CRPS Accredited Online Course
Accredited Course on CRPS for MD’s, Ph.D.’s and RN’s
Create and Run a Fundraising Event – Starting an event in your local area to raise funds for RSDSA can be fun as well as fulfilling. Kids, teenagers, and adults have all had a hand in putting together creative events that get terrific support. Email us if you would like to host a fundraiser. Here are a few ideas and links to tips for how to accomplish them.
- Organize a Walk-a-Thon – These are always a popular way to raise funds. Click here to get all of the information you need to create a successful walk-a-thon.
- Hold a Dine to Donate at a local restaurant – Many restaurants will be delighted to donate a percentage of the proceeds of a designated evening to RSDSA, especially when you invite a lot of potential new customers to participate. Click here to learn more about hosting a successful Dine to Donate event.
- Other interesting fundraiser ideas have revolved around Casual Friday and Wear a Hat to School Day. We can give you the details so that you do not have to reinvent the wheel. You are also free to create an idea that you think will succeed in your area and go for it! Here is a link to a very useful article about how to run a successful fundraiser regardless of the theme.
Blog for us! RSDSA wants to hear from you. Do you have a story to tell or an experience to share? A list of items you find useful? Something you think other people with CRPS may relate to? If so, we want you to write for the RSDSA blog. We frequently post a new blog to our site that is written by a member of our community as it is a great way to share your experiences with the community and connect with them on a personal level. We share these blogs to all of our social media sites. Your blog can be funny, serious, uplifting, realistic, and even poetic. Everyone has a story to tell so tell yours today by emailing us.
Share Your Story of Hope – CRPS/RSD can cause great losses. However, many people who persevere and take control of their condition chart courageous paths that inspire others – both within and outside the RSDSA and chronic pain community. When you share your story here on the RSDSA website and with your own local media, you can accomplish two very important goals of spreading awareness of CRPS/RSD and helping others find their own strength and courage to live better with CRPS/RSD.