is To improve the qulaity of life of people with fibromyalgia


National Fibromyalgia Association

Founded in 1997, the National Fibromyalgia Association (previously known as the National Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign) is a [501(c) 3] nonprofit organization located in Anaheim, CA, whose mission is:

To develop and execute programs dedicated to improving the quality of life of people affected by fibromyalgia.

This organization is actively involved in providing support and assistance to people with FM, building public awareness through media outreach, creating Continuing Medical Education programs and informational brochures and web sites for healthcare providers, by leading patient advocacy efforts, and facilitating research and scientific collaboration.

In 1997, Lynne Matallana and Karen Lee Richards, met over the Internet and together established the principles and goals for what soon became the first fibromyalgia organization to focus on promoting FM awareness through the media. They founded the NFA in April 1997, and in September of that year, the NFA sponsored its first major event, "Route 66, Biking for Fibromyalgia Awareness." Triathlete, Christopher Huybrechts of Geneva, Switzerland biked 1200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, across 8 states, along historic Route 66. This effort was designed to bring national and worldwide attention to the chronic illness called Fibromyalgia.

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