World AS Day 2023 - Back Pain Quiz Button
World AS Day 2023 - Back Pain Quiz Button
World AS Day 2023 - Membership Button
World AS Day 2023 - Membership Button

Dealing with a New Diagnosis
w/ Dr Dayna Lee-Baggley

Mindful Eating and Chronic Illness w/ Samantha Holmgren, RD

Spondyloarthritis Patient Forum

World AS Day , observed globally on May 4th, is dedicated to those affected by Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA), a chronic condition causing severe back pain, fatigue, and inflammation. It often takes about 10 years to receive a diagnosis. Across various countries, those living with AxSpA and volunteers organize events to raise awareness. Learn about the remarkable contributions of our community and how they inspire hope for a brighter future!! 

Arundo Expedition

From Ottawa to Percé, Charlène Dupasquier and her team will cross the Quebec countryside covering 2,200 km and 30,000 m of elevation gain, beginning April 23rd. The goal is multifaceted – to reconnect with one’s environment, to show that movement and the outdoors are valuable remedies for autoimmune diseases, to promote physical and mental health, and to fundraise for the CSA to help thousands of Canadians affected by autoimmune diseases. 

Electrify A.S.

This spring, Tyler J. Ashton is setting out to ride his bike across Canada and back all to raise funds and awareness for A.S. In his words, “My goal/hope is by daring to do something great and perhaps a little unorthodox with a touch of irrationality given my condition, that I am able to provide a space and opportunity so that funds and awareness can be raised for AS and the Canadian Spondyloarthritis Association (CSA).

Walk Your A.S. Off

Walk Your A.S. Off is an annual, global community event to get moving and raise awareness for axial spondyloarthritis. Anyone can participate, and all steps count – you can choose to walk, cycle, swim or participate in a yoga or fitness class. Join a team or create your own! Log your activity, and rally your friends and family to support you online! This “virtual” event brings people & teams together from all over the globe, showing that a small group of people can take great strides to change the world.

Let’s Get Loud for A.S.

Michael Santillo’s annual gala serves as a platform to raise funds for A.S. research, support programs, and community initiatives. Each year, Michael and his team work tirelessly to organize an unforgettable evening. More than just a fundraiser, the gala is a celebration of resilience, hope, and solidarity. 

This annual gala has not only raised awareness about A.S. but has also inspired countless individuals to speak up, seek support, and embrace hope in the face of adversity.

Illuminated Landmarks

Landmark Illumination banner for World AS Day

On May 4th several landmarks across Canada will be illuminated in our new colors of Green and Orange in honour of World AS Day! Look out for your local landmarks, and share your picture with us on Instagram or our new TikTok Account (@MySpondyLife) with the #IlluminateSpA 

Participating Landmarks Include:

Calgary, AB: The Calgary Tower & Reconcilliation Bridge
Halifax, NS:  Halifax City Hall
Montréal, QC : The Montréal Tower
Ottawa, ON: The Ottawa sign at Byward
Niagara Falls, ON: The Horseshoe Falls & The Peace Bridge
Saskatoon, SK : The Prairie Wind Monument
Toronto, ON : The CN Tower & Toronto Sign
Vancouver, BC : Sails of Light & Vancouver City Hall