About the UC Narrative

The UC Narrative is a global initiative created by Pfizer to engage the UC community to help identify how people living with ulcerative colitis are impacted by the disease. The U.S. survey findings represent a subset of the UC Narrative global survey, which was developed with input from the Global UC Narrative Advisory Panel.

The Global UC Narrative Advisory Panel, 1 comprised of people living with UC, as well as leading gastroenterologists, IBD nurses, a psychologist, and patient organizations, including the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in the U.S., from 10 countries will work together to turn the insights gleaned from the survey into actions that can help identify real-world needs and concerns about living with UC.

For the U.S. survey, a total of 301 U.S. UC adult patients were surveyed online or by telephone between August and October 2017. Patients self-reported that they had been diagnosed with UC and had their diagnosis confirmed by an endoscopic procedure, did not have a colectomy, had visited a GI office in the past 12 months and had taken prescription medication for their UC; patients who reported taking only 5-ASA (5-aminosalicylic acid) medications were excluded. A total of 149 U.S. gastroenterologists were surveyed online between August and November 2017. To qualify for participation, physicians must have seen at least 10 UC patients per month, with at least 10 percent of those patients currently taking a biologic treatment for UC. Patients and physicians who qualified for and successfully completed the survey were compensated for their participation.

1Where permitted, members of the Global UC Narrative Advisory Panel were paid honoraria for their participation.

To learn more: https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-kits/uc-narrative

Story Half Told: Beth Fairchild

Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told is an initiative by Pfizer in partnership with advocates, patients and healthcare professionals that aims to elevate public understanding of metastatic breast cancer, dispel misperceptions, combat stigma and expand the breast cancer conversation to be more inclusive of metastatic breast cancer.  The unbranded campaign focuses on metastatic breast cancer patients in their daily lives at home, at work, at play or at the doctor’s office.  The goal was to create socially engaging content rooted in honest storytelling.

In this video, Beth Fairchild, shares where she draws strength as a mother, wife and woman living with metastatic breast cancer.  This video and others others provide deep insight into the lives, worries, hopes and dreams of metastatic breast cancer patients.

For a look behind the scenes with Beth Fairchild, view our gallery.

Story Half Told: Esther Garza

Esther is a 55-year-old mother, grandmother, metastatic breast cancer patient and advocate within the Latina breast cancer community.  Esther brings her story to the mbc awareness campaign Story Half Told.  We had the honor of working with Esther and her family and friends to shed light on her personal story.

Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told is the initiative by Pfizer in partnership with advocates, patients and healthcare professionals that aims to elevate public understanding of metastatic breast cancer, dispel misperceptions, combat stigma and expand the breast cancer conversation to be more inclusive of metastatic breast cancer.  The unbranded campaign focuses on metastatic breast cancer patients in their daily lives at home, at work, at play or at the doctor’s office.  The goal was to create socially engaging content rooted in honest storytelling.

Story Half Told was nominated for a 2016 Cannes Lion and 2016 Sabre Award.

Melanoma Just Got Personal

Novartis’ Melanoma Just Got Personal is an online community to help people impacted by advanced melanoma learn more about the personalized nature of their disease.

Join pro football legend, Hall of Famer and former melanoma patient, Troy Aikman, the Melanoma Research Foundation, Melanoma International Foundation and Aim at Melanoma, and learn more about advanced melanoma to help raise awareness of this rarely discussed cancer.

Visit MelanomaJustGotPersonal.com to get involved and learn more. ‪#‎MelanomaJustGotPersonal‬

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Get Your Full Course with Sunny Anderson

Get Your Full Course, is an educational campaign designed to provide resources for people living with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) on the paired role of nutrition and appropriate therapy in managing IBD.  Produced in collaboration with Tonic Life Communications for Janssen Biotech, Inc. and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

Get Your Full Course features television host and Food Network celebrity cook Sunny Anderson, who is speaking publicly for the first time about her journey with UC.

“Having lived with UC for more than 20 years, I recognize the importance of talking more openly about the disease and educating people with IBD that we don’t have to shy away from food because of our disease,” said Sunny. “Food is a big part of my life. I am excited about Get Your Full Course and its focus on helping the IBD community learn about foods we can enjoy that are also rich in the nutrients we sometimes lack due to the way the disease affects the intestines.”

Produced and Directed by Chris Valentino

Cycle 4 UC – Cory Greenberg

Cycle 4 UC, is a branded awareness campaign created to provide resources for people living with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).  Produced in collaboration with Tonic Life Communications for Janssen Biotech, Inc.

Cycle 4 UC features professional cyclist and UC patient Cory Greenberg, who shares his drive to live with UC.

“I think the most important thing, and the most significant advice that I can give to any individual living with ulcerative colitis is to become informed. You can’t really decide what treatment plan is best for you, until you know what exactly is happening within you.

Talk to people, don’t be afraid to open up. It’s a very real situation and in order to have a real end result and to feel that you can get back to what you love to do you need to be able to share and to really open up and express what’s going on within your mind and your body.”

 

The program was Produced and Directed by Chris Valentino

InnerState

Every journey begins with hope.

Innerstate follows the journeys of three very different adults on similar paths. The subjects are Jason, diagnosed with psoriasis, Janie, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and Ray, diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, all diseases of the immune system, which may be characterized by immune deregulationchronic inflammation and tissue damage. In total, they affect millions of people worldwide, while also having a profound impact on their families, friends and loved ones.

The film opens with a long shot of a suburban highway, giving the viewer the distinct feeling of taking a road trip or journey. Through the film’s progression, first-hand accounts are intertwined to show how Jason, Janie and Ray, people with different illnesses and from different backgrounds, share an important bond with each other. Each has a unique story to tell, but their “inner states” are similar in that they found the strength to keep striving for their dreams by staying focused on overcoming their conditions.

The film was produced and directed by Chris Valentino

Allergan 2014

We had the opportunity to work with the Allergan leadership team to create their internal communications address.  The project was produced in partnership with our friends at Tonic Life.

Fit In Your Skin

The wellness program  “Fit in Your Skin™” was launched to help the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis to better manage their overall health and feel better about themselves.  Jackie Warner, the well-known fitness trainer, led the program, which was a collaborative effort between the National Psoriasis Foundation and Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. (Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals).

We co-developed the program producing the video content, still photography, website, DVD and print materials.

 

New Way RA

Hosted  by award-winning journalist and anchor of Inside Edition, Deborah Norville, New Way RA focuses on practical tips and advice for daily living with RA.  The show’s aim was to continue raising awareness about RA, a chronic, inflammatory and potentially disabling condition that affects more than 1 million Americans, predominantly women.  New Way RA was sponsored by Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc a division of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.

New Way RA is a unique resource for people living with RA because it can be challenging and, at times, even frustrating to figure out how to maintain your daily routine and continue enjoying life while managing a chronic condition,” says Norville, whose mother was diagnosed with RA when Norville was just 10 years old.  “Through personal insights and life experiences shared by individuals actually dealing with the condition, New Way RA offers support and tools that can empower viewers to explore new ways to approach living with RA.”

We worked alongside Tonic Life to develop the program.  We produced the web series providing production, editorial, graphics, music and DVD services.