National Psoriasis Foundation youth advocate wins statewide recognition for advocacy film
Fifteen-year-old Alyssa Krafsur, of El Paso, Texas, won "honorable mention" for the state of Texas with her film "Together, We Can," a documentary about her advocacy work with the National Psoriasis Foundation in Washington, D.C.
For Krafsur, who has traveled with the Psoriasis Foundation to Capitol Hill multiple times to advocate for psoriasis research, the film's message of psoriasis awareness and how one person can make a difference was a chance to "educate the public so others will know psoriasis is not contagious and they should not fear those who have it."
Her film, one of 70,000 entries across the state in the "Reflections" contest sponsored by national, state and local PTA organizations, won first place at both Alyssa's school and local competition and moved on to the statewide contest, where it placed among the top in the state and received Honorable Mention. She was the only state award recipient in the film category from El Paso.
"What inspired me to enter this contest was the chance to educate more people about this disease," Alyssa said. "This year's theme for the national 'Reflections' contest is, 'Together We Can.' My interpretation of this was the work that we are doing together through the Walk to Cure Psoriasis program, research for a cure and advocacy on Capitol Hill so we can cure psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis."
Alyssa, who has lived with severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis since sixth grade, is the namesake for the Foundation's "Alyssa's Fund", which aims to raise $1 million to support research for a cure.
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March 18, 2011