2017 Thickened Liquid Challenge - Raising Money and Awareness for Dysphagia
The 2017 Thickened Liquid Challenge sponsored by SimplyThick was a huge success! Our goal was to help raise awareness of swallowing disorders during National Dysphagia Awareness Month. We partnered with the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, a foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from all types of swallowing disorders and by shedding light and raising awareness on the health issue of dysphagia.
Below are some of the highlights of the 2017 Thickened Liquid Challenge:
- Aided the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders in reaching over 750,000 people by the end of the National Dysphagia Awareness Month
- 279 free SimplyThick starter kits with thickener shipped so the public could be educated on what patients on a "thickened diet" experience
- 74 Thickened Liquid Challenge Videos were submitted on social media from patients, students, teachers, speech-language pathologists, radiologists, rehab facilities, and swallowing services. These videos reached over 40,000 people on Facebook alone.
- SimplyThick donated $50 per video to the NFOSD for a grand total of $3,700!
We sincerely thank you for your support and participation!
While National Dysphagia Awareness Month 2017 is over, the struggle continues for millions. Swallowing problems affect 1 in 25 US adults annually and the CDC estimates 1,000,000 people in the US are diagnosed with dysphagia each year. If you would like to continue to raise awareness for swallowing disorders throughout the year, the NFOSD has provided some additional ways you can help: http://swallowingdisorderfoundation.com/about/how-to-help/
Watch John Holahan's wrap-up video.
2017 Challenge Results
2017 Challenge Videos:
John Holahan's Challenge Video
Challenge Response Video from Elena Bou and Patti Housley
Stacy King Challenge Video                                                                                         USF Swallow Center Video
Leslie Levanovic Challenge Video
Eileen Hahn Challenge Video
Karmen Kortie Challenge Video
Tiffani Wallace Challenge Response and Challenge Video                                    Paul Haefner Challenge Response and Challenge Video
Nancy Yezzi Challenge Response and Challenge Video                                        Marie Severson Challenge Video
Melissa Marky-Agular Challenge Video                                                Theresa - Mobile Dysphagia Diagnostics Challenge Response and Challenge Video
Catriona Steele Challenge Response - click here
SA Swallowing Services (SASS) Challenge Video
Ed Steger - NFOSD Challenge Video
Yvette McCoy Challenge Video                                                                                    Orange Park Medical Center Challenge Video
Laura Michael Video
Renee - Arete Rehab Challenge Video                                                                       Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center Challenge Video
Rinki and Ajinkya Video