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Raising Awareness Through Celebs & PSAs

Scrub's Donald Faison is in Lupus PSAThe Lupus Foundation of America enlisted the celebritydom of Donald Faison and Sarah Chalke from NBC’s ABC’s Scrub’s cast to create a few great PSAs designed to raise awareness about the disease. This got me thinking. I would love to see some celeb PSAs for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Scleoderma … how much time do you have? This list could go on for a while. I would also love to see a PSA that takes a crack at educating the public about what it means to have an “invisible” disease like arthritis. A little understanding could go a long way. And maybe sometime in the near future we won’t have to do a fake limp into the mall after parking in a handicap space with our placard.

Which disease would your fantasy PSA focus on and and what would you like to see it communicate to the public? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Lupus Foundation of America PSAs [via Despite Lupus]

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  1. Sheryl @ArthritisFriend’s avatar

    @Michelle M. – I, too, have thought that Reese would be the perfect spokesperson! She is young and well-respected in the Hollywood community. I also think Neve Campbell would be a great, although she is not as much in the limelight as Reese. Neve has mentioned having arthritis in interviews (I think due to her years as a ballet dancer).

    I do think that celebs who have arthritis are just not willing to put themselves out there for this cause for fear of it disrupting their ability to secure acting gigs. I could be wrong, but that’s my theory. And ya, fuzzy endangered animals are much more “fun” for celebs to support.

  2. Michelle M.’s avatar

    You know, I thought that Reese Witherspoon would be ‘our’ voice in Hollywood-her Mom has Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    Reese could raise alot of awareness just by signing on for PSA’s or doing work for the Arthritis Foundation.
    It’s very disappointing to know that invisable diseases are even invisable to people who are effected by them. I guess to have a star support your charity in Hollywood you should be a furry fuzzy animal :(

  3. Michael’s avatar

    I don’t have arthritis, but I’m really enjoying your blog!

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