On a mission to raise awareness about arthritis since 1996, Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) has taken World Arthritis Day (WAD) as an opportunity to inform the public about the diseases which encompass arthritis and to support organizational campaigns to better serve the millions suffering from rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. In conjunction with EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism, ARI has grown WAD to involve organizations and people from all over the world. Letting everyone know how many people arthritis touches.
In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 50 million adults are afflicted with arthritis, this includes approximately 300,000 children. Many people do not even know that kids get arthritis too. World Arthritis Day is raising awareness for all forms of arthritis.
Due to these high numbers on a national scale, it is vital that everyone takes part in generating greater awareness about arthritis and that people support the need for arthritis research.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation supports World Arthritis Day and is an essential player in the effort to find a cure through research. Every year, the Arthritis National Research Foundation grants 12-16 fellowships to leading scientists in efforts to produce new findings about these diseases which have immobilized millions around the world. With more funding for research, a cure can be found!
To raise awareness, ARI developed the Waving Campaign. The campaign has garnered the attention of thousands of people around the world who are enthusiastic about supporting the cause. Thousands of photographs and videos have been submitted to raise awareness and encourage the arthritis community to continually keep moving.
Today’s World Arthritis Day is one of many days in which you can advocate for bettering the lives of those living with arthritis and to search for answers that will yield a cure. To learn more about the Waving Campaign see the Arthritis National Research Foundation facebook page or WorldArthritisDay.org.
For more information about the Arthritis National Research Foundation and how you can give a donation for arthritis research, please visit CureArthritis.org.