Defying the Odds: Rev. Beverly Boyarsky

April 15, 2009

From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Anonymous

Nominee: Rev. Beverly Boyarsky

Beverly Boyarsky’s life as she knew it came to a screeching halt in 2004. A true activist of animal rights, LGBT rights and woman’s issues, she was a strong force on Long Island for many years. A public relations exec and spokesperson, she received a lifetime achievement award, among other honors.

But in 2004 she was diagnosed with a rare, incurable muscle disease and became bedridden and totally dependent on others. Despite the odds, Beverly started keeping a blog and has touched thousands of lives. Additionally, she is now an ordained minister and is pursuing her doctoral degree with hopes to work with chronically/terminally ill patients and their families.

She raises money each year for The Myositis Association and is trying to have a large music fest to raise tons of cash to find a cure. As a musician and writer, Beverly continues to reach out despite her current health status. Her blog has saved many lives and her strength remains an inspiration to all those that she has touched.

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