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Healing Hands for Arthritis Halo Award

Healing Hands For Arthritis® Wins Halo Award!

We’re thrilled to announce that Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation were named winners of a Gold Cause Marketing Halo Award today at the 14th Annual Cause Marketing Forum in Chicago. The award recognized the annual Healing Hands for Arthritis® event, an one-day fundraising and awareness campaign that takes place at Massage Envy locations across the country. The money raised through Healing Hands for Arthritis® goes to fueling our mission to help people with arthritis live better now, and ultimately, to conquer this disease.
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National Doctors' Day

Did You Know? It’s National Doctors’ Day!

Have you thanked your doctor today?

March 30, 2016, marks the 174th anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. On that date in 1842, in Jefferson, GA, Dr. Crawford Long used ether to anesthetize a patient who had a tumor removed from his neck.

Nearly a century later, on March 30, 1933, the first Doctors’ Day observance occurred in Winder, GA, where the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond proposed setting aside a day that included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. In 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives. Finally, in 1990, following overwhelming approved approval by Congress, President George H.W. Bush turned the commemoration into a national holiday. Ever since, according to the website,, March 30 is the day we celebrate “the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens.”
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AbbVie College Scholarship

$15,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Young People With Arthritis

With the cost of college tuition and other academic fees constantly on the rise, getting free money to pursue a degree can be a real blessing and honor. To make educational and career goals easier to obtain, our friends at AbbVie have established the AbbVie Rheumatology Scholarship, open only to exceptional students living with one or more of four rheumatic diseases.

Applicants must submit proof of being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. Also required is proof of enrolling in an accredited, U.S.-based institution for the 2016-17 academic year.
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Arthritis Research Clinical Trials

Arthritis Foundation Awards Funding to Researchers on the Path to a Cure

Committed to accelerating the search for new solutions to arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has awarded nearly $5.5 million in scientific research funding to 11 individuals we’re confident can help get us there. Our 2015 request for “Delivering on Discovery” proposals resulted in 167 submissions from across the United States and Canada. A panel of advisors selected the proposals they felt showed the greatest promise of achieving a faster cure for one or more types of arthritis.

The winning proposals, which range in amounts from $216,000 to $1.35 million, cover a diversity of topics and include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis and lupus. What makes this solicitation process particularly unique is that we opened it up to virtually anyone who can provide bold, new ideas that will potentially speed up the discovery of a cure, whether or not the applicant has prior experience in arthritis research. We want to engage the most creative minds in our quest for solutions to arthritis.

Submissions also needed to demonstrate a clear interdisciplinary pathway to viability in the marketplace, as well as be something people with arthritis want and that they believe is important.
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2015 Howley Award

Scientific Spotlight: Meet the 2015 Howley Award Winners

The Arthritis Foundation’s 2015 Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research recognized 42 scientists who played key roles in the discovery of a new autoimmune syndrome that combines the characteristics of severe lung disease and arthritis.

These doctors and researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital made a major contribution to the medical community’s overall understanding of arthritis and related inflammatory illnesses, and have opened the door to new medication and treatment possibilities for patients suffering from the disease.

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Annual Meeting Day 2

2015 Annual Meeting Videos: A Year In Review & Celebrating Our Champions!

Check out some of the fantastic highlights of the 2015 Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting! And to take a closer look at the presentations from this year’s event, visit our Volunteer Portal!

Arthritis Foundation Year in Review:

The year 2015 was a year of exciting accomplishments for the Arthritis Foundation. As the Champion of Yes, the Foundation has embarked on a new journey towards a cure for arthritis, which impacts the lives of more than 50 million Americans, including an estimated 300,000 children.

FDA Official Salutes the Arthritis Foundation:

Janet Woodcock, MD, of the Food and Drug Administration says the Arthritis Foundation is making major strides in the quest to discover new interventions for osteoarthritis.

Kristen McAllister: The Power of Yes

Arthritis not only alters lives, but can also be life-threatening. Kristen McAllister, National Young Adult Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s 2015 Jingle Bell Run, is trying to learn how to walk again, and being a Champion of Yes is what keeps her going.

Parker Lentini: Hope for a Brighter Future

As a National Youth Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis, 16-year-old Parker Lentini believes being a Champion of Yes brings him the hope he needs to battle juvenile arthritis (JA). Parker has endured more than 25 hospitalizations since being diagnosed with JA six years ago.

Champion of Yes: Ana Villafane

Ana Villafane is an amazingly talented entertainer now starring in the Broadway musical, “On Your Feet.” Ana grew up with juvenile arthritis, participated in Arthritis Foundation JA Camps and is a true Champion of Yes.

Champion of Yes: April West

April West of Atlanta is the Arthritis Foundation’s National Adult Honoree for the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis. April shares her story about finding everyday victories over rheumatoid arthritis. 

Champion of Yes: Mark Haubner

A longtime Arthritis Foundation Advocate, Mark Haubner of New York is helping break down barriers to affordable health care. Diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his mid-40’s, Mark has undergone several joint replacements and makes conquering arthritis his personal mission.

Champion of Yes: Hannah Robison

Miss America contestant Hannah Robison strongly believes in being a Champion of Yes. As the reigning Miss Tennessee, Hannah is spreading the word to hundreds of thousands of people about how serious arthritis really is.

The Power of Yes: Empowering People to Live Better


Implementing strategies that empower more people to live even better, with higher quality of life and less pain, is among the Arthritis Foundation’s priorities for the year ahead.  At our 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, volunteers, partners and staff spent a lot of time focusing on ways to make a greater impact.  We want to share some of those special and inspiring moments in this video.

The Power of Yes: Driving Best Patient Outcomes

The Arthritis Foundation is working to expand the continuum of care so that patients have the best possible outcomes.  We’re teaming up with health care providers, volunteers and partners to provide more tools and resources to fight arthritis.  Here are some highlights of the Foundation in action at our recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

The Power of Yes: Getting Earlier Diagnoses and Treatments

The Arthritis Foundation aims to make a mighty impact in 2016, creating the next generation of diagnostic and treatment solutions.  We’re also going to lead the way in bringing them to the market faster.  Recently, Arthritis Foundation volunteers, partners and staff gathered in New Orleans to collaborate on our plan and the strategies that will help us succeed.

The Power of Yes: Making a Lasting Impact

The Arthritis Foundation wants to be known as the cause leader for audaciously attacking arthritis and its effects. We’re engaging communities at every step on our journey to a cure. At the Foundation’s recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans, volunteers, partners and staff began to map out our vision and establish priorities that will make a big impact in the year ahead.

Arthritis Foundation and Massage Envy Partnership Honored at Inaugural Franchising Gives Back Awards

Arthritis Foundation and Massage Envy Spa Partnership Recognized at Inaugural Franchising Gives Back Awards

Arthritis Foundation and Massage Envy Spa Franchising Gives Back AwardsThe International Franchising Association (IFA) Educational Foundation held their inaugural Franchising Gives Back Celebration and Awards Dinner yesterday, Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C.

The Arthritis Foundation and their partnership with Massage Envy Spa were among 10 Silver Award Winners, taking home the Spirit of Franchising Award. This award recognize an IFA member whose charitable or community support program embodies the spirit of what it means to be a part of the franchising industry by giving back to his or her local community.

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