Texan awarded national Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award
Matthew Kiselica of Grapevine, Texas, outside of Dallas-Ft. Worth, was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award from the National Psoriasis Foundation at its National Volunteer Conference on July 27 in Chicago. The award recognizes 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 with these chronic conditions.
A 13-year volunteer with the Psoriasis Foundation, Matt dedicates countless hours helping the 7.5 million Americans 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 affecting 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 Dallas area residents with psoriatic diseases. Additionally, he's 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 through 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's 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, Matt provides support to individuals who are newly diagnosed or having 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 his community, lawmakers and medical professionals.
July 31, 2013
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