Gerald is a Medical Cannabis patient, a volunteer patient advocate and an Arthritis Warrior. Gerald was diagnosed at 23 with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis both inflammatory Arthritis that cause painful fusion in the back and peripheral joints. Gerald was very active when growing up so Arthritis was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. “Arthritis affects all ages but somehow remains the invisible illness.” Gerald has had 10 surgeries in the last 9 years to repair or replace damaged joints. He struggles with many comorbidities related to Spondyloarthritis. “No one should have to go through the struggles of chronic illness alone, I’ve been there.”
Gerald is the President of Canadian’s for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, President of the Canadian Spondylitis Association, Medicinal My Way Ambassador and board member, board member and consumer group chair of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada, Best Medicine Coalition board member and member of Ontario Best Practice Research Initiative patient advisory committee. Gerald is frequently invited to share his story of Spondyloarthritis, Mental Health, Medical Cannabis and overall health by the health care community. Gerald has eliminated sleeping pills and significantly reduced his opioid prescriptions by way of Medical Cannabis. “I worry about those people who can’t afford to make a safer choice and I worry about our current opioid crisis and the people dying daily.” “I will not stop advocating until we have Universal Pharmacare inclusive of Medical Cannabis and no Canadian is ever left behind.”
Gerald’s Arthritis took him out of work 8 years ago where he was Senior Vice President of Operations for Citibank Hedge Fund Services North America. Gerald has a very supportive wife Anna and daughter Tessa.