The WEGO Health Activist Awards were created to empower health activists. “We connect with so many inspiring health activists who raise awareness, share information, support their communities, and much more–often without recognition,” the site says.
The winner of the 2014 Geek Health Activist Award is a narcolepsy spokesperson, author, and blogger. Julie Flygare, JD, was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy in 2007. In 2012, Flygare published Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy, which won first prize in the San Francisco Book Festival Bio/Autobiography Award 2013. Flygare has spoken about narcolepsy to scientific researchers, doctors, nurses, college and medical school students, and NIH, FDA, and CDC representatives.
Flygare is the creator of the National Sleep Walk and the Narcolepsy: Not Alone international awareness campaign. Most recently, she unveiled the first-ever Narcolepsy Advocacy Mobile App, available to download for free. She currently serves on NIH’s Sleep Disorder Research Advisory Board and lives in Los Angeles. Congratulations!