Aaron Blocker was the 2016 WEGO Health Award Winner for Best in Show: Facebook and it’s no surprise why.
“When I was diagnosed, I had never heard of Crohn’s or met anyone with the disease. Because of that, I started an online Facebook page to meet others. Six years later my community has grown tremendously and so has my passion for helping patients, educating people about IBD, and spreading awareness. I strive to make a difference where I can,” he shares.
Somehow in all the midst of his tremendous advocacy work for the Crohn’s community, he’s also making the time to earn his Ph.D. in immunology in hopes of pursuing IBD research to help fellow patients and caregivers.
“My passion for science stems from my passion for helping IBD patients, and through research, I intend to do just that. I enjoy writing blog posts about IBD and also writing about IBD science, and breaking the research down for patients to understand.”
It’s clear this is one patient leader not to be missed. Be sure to listen to the exclusive WEGO Health Award Winners Series to hear more about Aaron and his plans for the IBD community! You can listen to the full interview on Spreaker and iTunes.
Kristen Long is the Patient Leader Network Coordinator at WEGO Health. Her own health experiences have inspired her to empower other patients and encourage the power of patient advocacy. Check out her blog and follow Kristen on Twitter and Facebook.