Posted by: seattledizzygroup | January 31, 2017

Stronger Together in 2017

We Celebrated 10 Years Together In 2016! Join Us As We Keep Growing Stronger Together In 2017!

Seattle Dizzy Group is a respected leader in the vestibular and balance disorders patient support community with increasing national and global reach. (Read about our 2016 Highlights below). We hope you will join us in 2017 and help us continue to grow, provide much-needed community, and offer support to people living with chronic dizziness and imbalance–in Seattle and beyond.  With your help, we can continue to expand community outreach and involvement (including hosting professional speakers on various vestibular/balance topics and connecting with local health providers/resources) and also increase our advocacy efforts to raise awareness about vestibular and balance disorders (including participating in Balance Awareness Week with our annual Walk for Balance Event, see Making a Difference for Balance Awareness).

Get Involved!

Seattle Dizzy Group is organized entirely by volunteers (the majority who are personally impacted by chronic dizziness and imbalance). With your help, we’ll be stronger together in 2017! We invite you to contribute to our group however you are able. Spread the word about Seattle Dizzy Group and invite others to join us. Share Seattle Dizzy Group information and resources with others. Participate in online discussions. Help with hosting in-person meetings and activities (be a greeter, assist with room set-up and take-down, bring snacks, provide transportation, etc.). For more info, email: info@seattledizzygroup.org.

We are an independent, not-for-profit group funded through donations. As we continue to grow and expand our outreach efforts, we are naturally incurring more expenses. Our goal is to continue to offer no-cost support and resources to those in need in the vestibular community–in Seattle and beyond. Please consider supporting Seattle Dizzy Group with a financial gift to help us keep growing and thriving in 2017!  (Any donation amount is greatly appreciated!).

Ways your financial gift helps support Seattle Dizzy Group:

  • Providing materials, supplies, and hosting for monthly support group meetings.  (Each meeting costs about $25, or about $300 annually).
  • Providing thank you gifts for guest speakers. (As funds allow, we strive to honor speakers with about $25 value gift, or about $100 annually).
  • Providing administrative support, online services/resources, and website hosting, etc.  (Administrative costs are about $500 annually).
  • Providing funding for Balance Awareness Week event(s) and other group activities.  (Costs may be about $50-$100 or more per activity).
To give Seattle Dizzy Group a donation of any amount by credit card or PayPal, click the “Donate” button below.

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(Gifts to Seattle Dizzy Group are not tax deductible at this time)

THANK YOU for your support!

2016 Highlights

  • In September, we hosted our Sixth Annual Walk for Balance Event in celebration of Balance Awareness Week and Falls Prevention Day with a goal of raising awareness for vestibular and balance disorders and showing our support for people living with chronic dizziness and imbalance. We invited others to “Walk a Mile in Dizzy Shoes” with us and increased our impact during our walk at Green Lake by wearing blue, Seattle Dizzy Group gear, and Walk for Balance badge stickers as well as carrying balloons and balance awareness signs. After walking together, we honored event participants with our second annual Dizzy Spirit Awards. In addition to walking together, we had a Feldenkrais warm-up activity and balance awareness information provided by exhibitors/sponsors: Move Beyond Limits, MOSAIC Physical Therapy, and Cascade Dizziness & Balance PT. As a part of the celebration, we enjoyed food and giveaways (including free visit coupons from Bastyr Center for Natural Health and North Seattle Community Acupuncture). It was a fun day that hopefully helped lift spirits and build momentum for the cause. We received wonderfully positive feedback from participants, and we are excited to continue to grow the event in 2017.
  • In October, we celebrated 10 years together as a support group! To commemorate this milestone, we collected memories and insights including:

    “Seattle Dizzy Group is 10 years old! It has met the needs of a whole array of people challenged by a whole range of vestibular/balance disorders. The speakers, information, and most of all the level of acceptance and mutual support contribute to this wonderful community.”

    It’s been nice to see that no matter how dire and alone someone may feel, there are others that share your experience and can offer insights that can help you cope. There has been much vital information shared that you may not be able to get somewhere else.”

    “Anyone suffering with a chronic invisible illness should find their ‘tribe.’ This wonderful group is the tribe for those with vestibular disorders.”
  • In 2016, we continued to expand the Seattle Dizzy Group website/blog and online services/resources and reached thousands of people around the globe. (For example, our website/blog was viewed over 10,000 times in 2016 by visitors from about 100 different countries worldwide!). Additionally, we gained followers on Facebook and  Twitter, and increased membership of our MeetUp Group (where participants can connect, receive group updates, and RSVP for upcoming meetings and activities). We appreciate everyone who connected online with Seattle Dizzy Group in 2016, and are especially grateful for all those who helped get the word out about our group and shared our posts/resources with others.

See also: Past Annual Highlights

© Copyright 2017, Seattle Dizzy Group. All rights reserved.

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