The Bristol Support Group

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
5:00 pm

Topic: Roundtable Discussion

Meeting Location

Blackbird Bakery
56 Piedmont Ave.
Bristol, VA 24201

*Street parking available at the location and a parking lot just a short distance away.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings held at Blackbird Bakery upstairs the last Wednesday of every other month.

Social Media

If you are in the TN/VA area please join our Bristol Spondylitis Support Group social media channels:

Facebook: Spondylitis Association of America Bristol Support Group Kick Some AS
Twitter: @kicksomeAS
Instagram: kicksomeas

Group Leader

Summer Canady

About Summer Canady, Bristol's Support Group Leader

My name is Summer Canady and after being diagnosed in 2016 I began searching for information. It was this thirst for knowledge that led me to the SAA. I instantly knew I wanted to get a Support Group started for my local area. Being someone who feels like there isn’t anyone that understands, I wanted to find others that I could help.

I started blogging about how AS affects me because I know I can be a voice for many. I want to build a positive support group through education and awareness. My dream is to put some bigger scale fundraising events together, and to be a source for guidance as others struggle to understand this journey.

Some things to expect in the group are sharing personal stories, providing resources to those who do not know where to find help. Offering social media as a tool to reach those who are not capable. Learning, educating, and finding projects that support a positive role in our progression.

I look forward to meeting many warriors along the way and growing not just as a group but as a family.

Go out and #kicksomeAS

Want to Start a New Support Group?

We’d love to have you join our team of passionate volunteers leading our spondylitis educational support groups! Learn more about how to get started here, and reach out to

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Contact Us

Spondylitis Association of America

16360 Roscoe Blvd.  Ste. 100
Van Nuys, CA 91406


Information Requests

(800) 777-8189 U.S. only
or (818) 892-1616
*Please note: This is not a Crisis Hotline. If you are in a life-threatening crisis, please dial 911 for immediate help in the US. Please follow this link for crisis intervention resources.

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