Steps-2-Balance General Toolkit

let's take steps together

Steps-2-Balance (S2B), which takes place May 15-21, 2022, is VeDA’s annual call to all “Vesties”--those living with a vestibular condition, their loved ones, and the healthcare professionals who treat them. Here are some resources to help you spread the word:

Post on Social Media

Social Media Graphics

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Social Media Messages

Customize our sample posts for social media (all short enough for Twitter and Pinterest) to make them personal, and share why VeDA is special to you.

  • Raise awareness about vestibular dysfunction during Steps 2 Balance, May 15-21.  Learn more at vestibular.org/s2b.
  • Join me and @vestibularveda as we take #Steps2Balance together. Learn more at vestibular.org/s2b.
  • Did you know that writing poetry can boost your mood? Find out about VeDA's Poetry-4-Balance contest and classes at vestibular.org/p4b. It's all part of Steps-2-Balance, brought to you by the Vestibular Disorders Association.

Use these hashtags to augment your post:

    • #fionaflamingo
    • #vestibulardisorders
    • #urbanpoling
    • #liferebalanced
    • #Steps2Balance
    • #Poetry4Balance

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Create a Personal Fundraiser

You can help raise awareness with a Steps-2-Balance personal fundraiser to benefit VeDA and our ongoing mission to create a world where vestibular disorders are widely recognized, rapidly diagnosed, and effectively treated. Here are some simple steps to help you reach your fundraising goals.

FUNDRAISING TIPS:

  • Create and personalize your peer-to-peer fundraising page at vestibular.org/S2BP2P: Add images or text to make your page personal to you, and let your family and friends know why you’re fundraising for VeDA. If you have a personal story to share about how imbalance due to vestibular dysfunction has affected you or someone you know, this can be a powerful way to inspire donors.
  • Tell everyone about your fundraiser: Along with a personal message, you can share the link to your fundraising page on your social media accounts or via email.
  • Donate to your own page: People are more likely to donate if someone else has already contributed. Plus, donating to your own fundraiser shows people you’re serious about the cause.
  • Set mini fundraising goals along the way: This will make it easier to reach your main goal—plus, you can share updates on social media to thank donors for helping you reach your goal.

VeDA is here to help you meet your fundraising goals! Feel free to contact Elizabeth Ladd, Development Coordinator, at 800.837.8428 or [email protected].

Fundraiser Page Sample Language

The sample language below is written from the perspective of someone who suffers from vestibular dysfunction, but it can be easily modified for a loved one or support partner, or for a healthcare professional who treats vestibular patients.

Balance is something most of us take for granted—until we lose it. 

Did you know that 1 of every 3 Americans will experience some sort of vestibular (inner ear or brain) dysfunction in their lifetime? Many people live with chronic dizziness, vertigo, nausea, fatigue, brain fog, and other debilitating symptoms that make it difficult to perform simple daily tasks. These disorders are difficult to diagnose and there are no cures.

>> [INSERT YOUR PERSONAL VESTIBULAR STORY HERE]

I’m participating in Steps-2-Balance to raise awareness about how these invisible vestibular disorders affect people like me (or your loved one, or your patients). You can help me by making a donation to the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA), a nonprofit organization that supports and empowers vestibular patients all over the world.

Please join me by contributing to my Steps-2-Balance campaign. Thank you for your support and for helping make "vestibular" visible!

>> [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]

Email Sample Language for your Fundraiser

Dear Friends,

I’m asking you to support me (or your loved one, or your patients) in taking steps to regain balance.

The Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA) helped me (or your loved one, or your patient) when others dismissed the symptoms of dizziness and brain fog, saying they were “all in your head.” Vestibular patients around the world continue to struggle with these invisible illnesses, alone and misunderstood, and for many the physical toll of the coronavirus pandemic has made their symptoms even worse.

>> [INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY AND PHOTO HERE]

Please help me make vestibular visible so others won’t have to endure the challenges I have faced in getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

I also invite you to join me in entering the Poetry 4 Balance Contest, an activity designed to help people take steps on their journey back to balance.

Thank you for all your support!

All the best,

>> [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]

Social Media Blurbs for your Fundraiser
  • Learn more about my vestibular journey and support me by making a donation to my fundraising page. [INSERT LINK TO YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE AND ATTACH A PHOTO] #liferebalanced #stepstobalance
  • Help me take #Steps2Balance by supporting my fundraiser. I’m hoping to raise [$XX] to help people struggling with debilitating vestibular disorders—please consider a generous donation to @vestibularveda! [INSERT LINK TO YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE]
  • I’m participating in Steps-2-Balance to raise awareness about how these invisible vestibular disorders affect people like me (or your loved one, or your patients). You can help me by making a donation to the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA), a nonprofit organization that supports and empowers vestibular patients all over the world. [INSERT LINK TO YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE]

Please join me by contributing to my Steps-2-Balance campaign. Thank you for your support and for helping make "vestibular" visible! [INSERT LINK TO YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE]

Thank you for helping spread the word about S2B!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We’re here to help.