Wade Balmer joined the commission to help people with disabilities feel connected and find community.
In his previous work, Wade was with the Arthritis Foundation for 15 years. His role included telling the stories of those affected by arthritis, medical professionals, and volunteers through marketing and communications projects. He also focused on advocacy work and led educational summits, self-help courses, and regional and national conferences. Wade served as the director of Camp JRA for 10 years, a week-long adaptive residential summer camp for children with arthritis and other related diseases such as lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and dermatomyositis. After the Arthritis Foundation, Wade served as a public information officer for the City and County of Denver for six years. In that time, he enjoyed developing resources, information and communities for people across Denver to feel more connected to their communities. He currently works in communications for The North Face in Denver.
Wade was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis when he was five years old, which causes muscle weakness and inflammation and impacted many aspects of his life. Wade believes that the key to managing his health is being constantly curious and regularly living outside his comfort zone to find new ways to be active and healthy. He is passionate about adaptive recreation programs for people with disabilities.