Natalie Blake served as a participant in PCORI’s Prioritizing Comparative Effective Research Questions for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis Stakeholder Workshop in 2015. She is an advisory member of iConquerMS, a PCORI-funded project, and has been a PCORI Ambassador since 2016. Blake has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Technology from Florida International University. Following a career as a news reporter in south Florida in the late 1970s, she became the mother of two sons. One was born with a rare congenital birth defect called exstrophy of the bladder. Blake was thrust into the roles of parent, caregiver, researcher, and advocate all at once. Her son had more than 30 surgical procedures in his lifetime, and he passed away from bladder cancer in October 2017. Her younger son, who is now 32 years old, has cystic fibrosis. Blake’s main area of interest is access to care for individuals with chronic degenerative diseases. As a patient advocate, she gets satisfaction out of helping advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

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