I take my hat off to all of you who have flown the flag for Vasculitis awareness month by contacting the media and getting articles published and even interviews. I am taking part, along with my daughter Sarah in Martyn’s 31 mile Worcestershire Way walk for Vasculitis UK and I thought this would be a good opportunity to get an article in my local papers for Vasculitis awareness month. I e-mailed my two local papers telling them about the walk along with a photo of us both on one of our training walks. I also used the excellent Vasculitis UK template telling them about the disease and my own particular story. Looking at what generally features in these local papers I really thought this was quite newsworthy. Apparently not. Neither paper printed it nor did they even have the courtesy to acknowledge they had received my e-mail. Am I expecting too much or have other people experienced similar barriers?