Maggie is a country-style musician from Bloomfield, Missouri. She has been performing since she was 15. Her most recent album “The Other Side” made its way to the top 100 albums being considered for Country Album of the Year by The Grammy Association receiving airplay on Americana Radio Stations across the USA as well as winning “Album of The Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards. Maggie recently underwent pelvic and thoracic endometriosis excision. She has spoken openly about her journey with endo through social media.
Dr. Tamer Seckin
Dr. Seckin is considered to be one of the pioneers of endometriosis care and research. He has developed many innovative gynecologic surgical techniques such as the Aqua Blue Excision technique. He has been practicing deep excision and advanced gynecologic surgery for over 30 years. He is the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. He pushes to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and funds landmark endometriosis research.
Gillian is a true icon of female empowerment having traveled over 10,000 miles in the backcountry with her horses. She has overcome countless obstacles and has inspired many individuals by sharing her journeys. One of the individuals she inspired was Kianna, founder of EndoArmy. As Kianna was recovering from surgery and treatments she knew she wanted to do something for the endometriosis community. A small, crazy voice in the back of Kianna’s mind thought, “Well, you have always wanted to ride horseback from Mexico to Canada and because of your pain you never thought you would be able to. Maybe if you do that, you could get sponsors to raise funds for patients.“ She knew it sounded crazy, she thought to herself, “I need a sign, I need something to push me if I am going to do this. Ride over 2,000 miles with a chronic illness? Maybe I am crazy… but what if…” So Kianna googled “riding horseback from Mexico to Canada”. Gillian’s blog showed up and something very odd happened… Gillian’s horse looked identical to Kianna’s horse. Kianna kept reading… wait! Gillian’s horse’s name was also the same as Kianna’s! A rather uncommon name at that, Shyla! So Kianna thought “hey… maybe this is the sign?”. So she messaged Gillian, not really expecting a response. After all, Gillian has 37k followers why would she respond? However, not only did Gillian respond, she has become an incredible resource of knowledge for Kianna. She has responded to all of Kianna’s questions regarding preparation for the Awareness Ride in-depth with encouragement. When Kianna asked if she would speak at the gala about her journey and the journey Kianna is soon to embark on for endometriosis awareness, she did not hesitate. Gillian is an amazing example of the people endometriosis patients need in their lives. People who have not struggled with endometriosis themselves, but are willing to encourage and empower our journeys and help us fight in our own unique ways.
Kianna is the founder and executive director of EndoArmy. She started this nonprofit after personally experiencing the need endometriosis patients have for tangible support, easily accessible information, and hope for their future. After battling endometriosis herself, undiagnosed for many years, she finally got answers in early 2018. Endometriosis had led to a multitude of other secondary effects and disease processes. Kianna has always been passionate about human connection and medicine (she works as a professional in the veterinary medicine industry). Her diagnosis pushed her to take actions so that others would not have to suffer alone, for as long, or lose hope as she had before surgery. Kianna is now planning to ride horseback over 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada to raise funds and awareness for patients with endometriosis.