Texas resident receives national Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award
Matthew Kiselica honored for commitment to millions with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 31, 2013)—To recognize his leadership and dedication to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and for his passion for improving the lives of millions of Americans living with these chronic conditions, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) honored Matthew Kiselica of Grapevine, Texas, outside Dallas/Fort Worth, with its 2013 national Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award.
A 13-year volunteer with the Psoriasis Foundation, Kiselica dedicates countless hours helping the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis—the most common autoimmune disease in the country, causing the skin to crack, itch and bleed—and psoriatic arthritis, a related joint disease that affects up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis.
Kiselica has had psoriasis for 28 years and psoriatic arthritis for 16 years. He is chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Dallas/Ft. Worth Community Division, where he recruits and trains local volunteers in advocacy, fundraising and outreach to help the roughly 500,000 Greater Dallas residents with psoriatic diseases. Additionally, he is active in the Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Dallas, raising vital funds for research to cure these diseases as a member of a walk team with teammates throughout the United States and Canada.
"If you think you can't have a sense of humor about living with psoriasis, you haven't met Matt Kiselica," said Kathleen Gallant, past chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Outreach Committee. "Whether he is raising awareness at a walk or mentoring someone newly diagnosed, Matt leads by example. His light-hearted, dependable style invigorates other volunteers and motivates people with psoriatic diseases to live better with their condition."
As a mentor in the NPF Psoriasis One to One program, Matthew provides support to individuals who are newly diagnosed or experiencing difficulties dealing with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. He also serves as a community ambassador for the Foundation, using traditional and social media, advocacy and medical outreach to educate the community, lawmakers and medical professionals.
Matthew received the Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award at the National Psoriasis Foundation Volunteer Conference on July 27 in Chicago.
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About the National Psoriasis Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation is the world's largest nonprofit organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. For more information, call the Psoriasis Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit www.psoriasis.org. Follow the Psoriasis Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.