2018 Top 10 Best in Show: Youtube

There are thousands of Patient Leaders working day in and day out to educate, raise awareness and support their patient community. The WEGO Health Awards give us the chance to recognize Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, to ultimately find the top Patient Leaders in each space. To recognize the Patient Leaders community members endorsed, we’ve compiled the Top 10 Patient Leaders in each category.
The Best in Show: Youtube category highlights the individuals and teams who’s videos are at the core of their advocacy. Whether they capture their day to day lives, offer how-to videos, highlight resources, or educate and raise awareness, they’re engaging followers through creative but informational content. As of 2019, 80% of global internet consumption is video.
So if you have yet to bring your advocacy to video, maybe you want to get inspired by these Top 10 Best in Show: Youtubers.


Check 15 

Cancer Patient Leader

Youtube | Facebook | TwitterInstagram

We create & release a new cancer awareness PSA every 15th of every month with the goal of fighting cancer through early detection & lowering risk – all delivered with a healthy dose of humor. CHECK 15 is a movement to help inform and break down barriers around the cancer conversation. Cancer Awareness Months are fantastic, but unfortunately, cancer is a year-round problem. So, here at CHECK 15, our goal is to create a Monthly Cancer Awareness Day. On the 15th day of every month, we’ll be hitting the internet with a reminder to not let the “C” word scare us. To be aware of our bodies and the warning signs of cancer and not be afraid to speak openly about it.Did you know Check 15 is the 2018 WEGO Health Awards Best in Show: Youtube winner?

Christina Doherty
Chronic Illness Patient Leader

Youtube | FacebookInstagram

“Hello everyone! I am a 22-year-old vlogger and artist fighting multiple chronic illnesses. When I first started to get ill I scoured the internet looking for others out there like me. I wanted someone I could connect with who was going through the same struggles that I was. I needed to see that there was someone out there who was LIVING with this. I wanted hope. Unfortunately, at the time, I came up empty-handed. So I decided, if I couldn’t find that person, then I was going to have to be that person; I owed it to my younger self. My desire is that through my videos people can learn a little, laugh a little, find kinship, community, inspiration, and most importantly, find HOPE.” Learn more about Christina.

Mickey Sorenson

EDS Patient Leader

Youtube | Instagram

My name is Mickey and I’m 17 years old. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which is a connective tissue disorder. It affects many different parts of my body and causes other conditions such as Gastroparesis, POTS, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, and more. With EDS and I dislocate more than 30 joints every single day. I need a forearm crutch or wheelchair for stability. Due to Gastroparesis, I have a GJ feeding tube. I also have a Port-a-Cath for Infusions to help with my POTS. After being sick for several years I decided to share my story online. I want to show others that there is joy to be found despite sickness. It is my goal to bring hope, joy, and encouragement to as many people as I can! Click to connect with Mickey.

Hannah Blum

Mental Health Patient Leader

Youtube |Facebook | Twitter

“I am a mental health advocate and influencer on mediated platforms. These platforms include the HealthyPlace YouTube Channel, Instagram, Twitter and FaceBook. I create videos about mental health and talk about my experience living with bipolar 2 disorder. My blog Halfway2Hannah talks about mental health, ways to become an advocate, stigma and shares my personal story as well as the story of others. I am the author of the HealthyPlace blog, “Im Bipolar Too.” I have an unfiltered approach and send a bold message about the stigma that silences so many individuals living with a mental illness. My mission is to empower individuals living with a mental illness and encourage self-love.” Learn more about Hannah.

Jim Murell

Transplant Patient Leader

Youtube | Facebook |Twitter| Instagram

“As a 2013 Heart Transplant recipient myself I’ve learned first hand how important donor awareness can be. My entire goal in life has become to give back in any way I can. 3 years ago to fulfill that goal I created “The Transplant Helper. This consisted of meeting face to face with pre and post-transplant patients to help “Advocate, Educate and Motivate” them in any way possible. This was the new joy of my life so after the persistence of many including my transplant center UAB hospital I decided to take their advice and start a YouTube channel to attempt to share the experiences and knowledge I’ve learned first hand. Over time I’ve amassed over 200 videos to fulfill my goal.” Learn more about Jim and his advocacy journey.

Maggie Baldwin

IBD Patient Leader

Youtube | Facebook |Instagram

My name is Maggie Baldwin, and I have a YouTube channel that focuses on supporting those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and ostomy bags. Through my journey with my disease, I have become a registered nurse working on a GI unit with IBD patients. I feel fortunate enough to use my experiences to better the lives of those with this disease through my YouTube channel, Let’s Talk IBD and my job as a nurse. Connect with Maggie.

Emily Parris

Chronic Illness Patient Leader

Youtube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“After coming home from my emergency total colectomy I was left scared, overwhelmed and every emotion you could imagine. I was lost. Luckily, I had an amazing support system. My mind then turned to the patients who don’t. I then felt compelled to offer support to patients whose families and friends don’t understand, can’t support them or just need additional help. While The Rollin Colon was motivated by my ostomy surgery, I hope to impact any chronic illness patient feeling those same emotions I did. My Youtube channel first started as beauty and fashion, but when my life changed so did my platform. I now share videos raising awareness and offering advice on living with chronic illnesses. Learn more about the Rollin Colon.

Diabetic Danica

Diabetes Patient Leader

Youtube | Facebook | Twitter

“I make educational, yet entertaining videos on all things diabetes! From tutorials to song parodies to day-in-the-life videos and personal stories – I try to provide a positive, uplifting approach to taking care of your Type 1 diabetes.” Connect with Danica.

Shontelle Scott

Gastroparesis Patient Leader

Youtube | Facebook

“Hi my name is Shontelle Scott and in 2015 I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis and Alopecia. Ever since I have been fighting for a better life for not only myself but others going through this same condition too. I post weekly videos on youtube following my journey as I aim for career while also documenting the bumps someone with chronic illness has along the way. The goal is to raise awareness for chronic illness especially the two I fight on a daily basis. Last year I created shirts in which we created more awareness for Gastroparesis and the proceeds from them went into giving back at my local hospital. Going through something like this truly makes you appreciate life and want to give back!”  Click to learn more about Shontelle.

Rachel Star Withers

Schizophrenia Patient Leader

Youtube | Facebook | Twitter

“I do have schizophrenia and for the normal world, I guess you could say I’m insane. I make videos documenting my schizophrenia and speak about mental health subjects.” Connect with Rachel.

So just cancel your plans for the next few hours because you’re most likely about to become completely lost in these ten inspirational, humorous, engaging and eye-catching Youtube accounts. Your welcome!

Do you have a support or caregiver that you’re grateful for? As patients, our supports do so much for us. That’s why we recognize the Patient Leaders who aren’t patients, but rather caregivers. Check out the Top 10 Advocating for Another blog here.
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