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TM Awareness Day is an opportunity for TM Society supporters to work together to make a difference to the lives of people affected by Transverse Myelitis (TM) and related conditions Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) and Optic Neuritis (ON).
The TM Society first supported a UK TM Awareness Day in 2011. On and around the 9th June each year, TM Society members, groups and supporters hold events, or do activities, that educate people about TM and about the work of the TM Society.
Find an event near you!
Click here or on the map to see if you can find an event near you.
If you have an event or activity to register, click here.
Why get involved
Living with a rare condition can be lonely. Raising awareness of TM and related conditions such as ADEM and NMO can help those affected feel less isolated. Awareness Days bring people and organisations from around the UK together for one day, giving them a stronger voice.
Raising awareness among family and friends helps them to better understand the support needs of the person they care for, which is especially important with rare and little-known conditions. Carers also need information and support, and knowing that the TM Society is there to help them too can be a source of comfort.
What difference does it make?
Sharing information with the general public helps reduce the feelings of isolation TM Society members feel, and educating health and social care professionals about TM, ADEM and NMO means they are better able to provide the right treatment and to work in partnership with their patients to manage the impact of the condition.
Here's how to get involved
Organise your own activity or event
Download our Awareness Day Guide for ideas, tips and advice. Your event can be whatever you think will be fun.... whether that's a sponsored walk, a bake sale or a plant sale. And there's more ideas here.
Do you want to raise funds too?
Our Awareness Day is also an opportunity to raise funds to allow the TM Society to continue providing information and various forms of support, for example, the much-needed neuro-physiotherapy bursary scheme.
This year’s 10th Anniversary ’10 for 10’ fundraising campaign is designed to help the TM Society deliver on all its planned activities for 2015.
Staying in touch
If you would prefer to be kept up-to-date with progress on Awareness Day preparations and plans by email, sign up below to receive the latest information (you can unsubscribe at any time) that way.
Got a question?
If you have a question about Awareness Day, you can email Lynn Powell who is the Awareness Day 2015 Volunteer Project Coordinator.
Are you ready to get started now?
Click here to see the Awareness Day planning information and download some items to help you do your event.
Register your event now
If you're ready with an idea and a date, please register your Awareness Day event or activity now. We need ALL your efforts on the map, whether you're delivering a poster or magazine to your local surgery or holding a public event.
Need more ideas?
Click here to look at some samples of Awareness Day Activities.