How RPF Founder Kelly Young Won WebMD Health Hero Award

November 13, 2011 in Exciting

Tanya Tudor worked as a critical care nurse for twenty years, volunteering during national disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Tanya also loves traveling and visited to each of the contiguous 48 states in the U.S. Although living with Rheumatoid Disease has restricted some of these activities, she often finds ways to help others, especially fellow patients by encouraging them to keep fighting the disease, find a doctor who will listen, and treatments that will help them.

WebMD recently recognized the work of our founder, Kelly Young, in helping people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD). An award of $2500 was donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) in her name. The contest was a surprise to Kelly and she was stunned when WebMD described how overwhelming the entries were. Here is the back story…

How Kelly was nominated for the WebMD Health Hero Award

by Tanya Tudor

August 2011 was shaping up to be a real “poor pity me month.” I had reached the point that I realized that Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD) had taken from me my defining characteristic, the ability to help others.

This led me to thinking about Kelly Young and everything she has done to help me and thousands of others with this disease. I became very determined to findsome way that I could help. I’m not sure how, but in my random Google searches I found something about health hero and a page for WebMD and their Health Hero Award. As I followed the link and read the requirements, the first person that hit my mind was Kelly!

I also realized there were only a few days left to submit a nomination. I wrote my piece and submitted it to WebMD. And then turned to all the social media I could find, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. I wasn't sure if my submission was adequate to convey just how right Kelly was for this award, so I turned to the thousands of others that have benefited from her work.

Without even knowing it, Kelly had once again helped me by giving me those few days to feel like I was helping someone else. When word came through that Kelly Young had indeed won the Health Hero Award, I was so excited. Not only would her being presented in the magazine spread awareness of all of her hard work and honor her for that hard work, but it would also provide a small monetary donation to the new Rheumatoid Patient Foundation.

4 responses to How RPF Founder Kelly Young Won WebMD Health Hero Award

  1. I picked up the magazine at my rheumatologist’s office yesterday. Kelly looks great and the article is very nice. I wish they’d displayed more prominently, but it was good. I was dismayed by the article before it, written by a doctor that said people with RA should exercise, not stating that exercise during a flare can actually cause the flare to be worse. There is still so much to be done!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Lisa. I completely agree about that article. It was quite awful.

  2. I’d like to mention that I was thrilled to find a place to view how others have dealt with the challenge of living with RA. Also, finding others with many of the same problems and not to mention all the informative information you have to offer…
    My Best words of advise…Check the credentials of your Doctor…After I was diagnosed with RA for several years. Living with a great deal of pain,fatigue and depression I had to leave my position in the Travel Industry,therefore leaving me very disappointed and depressed. I thought best to call my Doctor for advise…The advise he gave me was so humiliating even to this day I still cry about it. He had two policemen come to my front door,tell me to get dressed,then put me in the back seat of the vehicle and dropped me off a mental health center…I was BAKER ACTED….To this day I don’t know why…I was just reaching out for help…..with this debilitating disease. Now a days I just take it one day at a time…I do feel he should be written up about his bedside manner. Thanks for listening.

  3. I think Tanya said it all. When I was first DX, RAW was the first place I found, then only 300+ members and whoop over 17,650 today. I got to know Tanya well, she is a loving caring person, whom has stirred me well. But sadly as I write this, ra has taken her freedom. I know and believe if anybody can get the word out there Kelly can. We also appreciate all the hard work her family put in, more so Kate Beth. So these 4 people are unsung heros in my book. Thank you.