“The pain is just in your head.”
That’s what doctors and family members told Renee Cafaro most of her life.
“No one understood how I could be involved in so many activities one day and unable to walk the next. I was accused of making up my pain. I didn’t even feel my parents supported me.” Continue reading It’s Not in Your Head
Together we are empowered to Live Yes! Your story can move mountains. You have the power to influence your elected officials and break down barriers to the care everyone deserves. By sharing with and educating your lawmakers, you can break down barriers for people with arthritis. Join us in Washington, DC at the 2019 Advocacy Summit on March 11-12, 2019 to make these goals a reality.
The Summit is a forum for volunteers who are dedicated to making a long-term commitment to leadership in Arthritis Foundation advocacy. It is an opportunity to both build meaningful relationships with your elected officials and cultivate the skills to empower and engage other people in your community who are impacted by arthritis. This year’s event will be our opportunity to introduce a new Congress to the many faces of arthritis and the issues most important to the arthritis community.
The best part about this year’s Advocacy Summit is that participants will leave Washington feeling Empowered to Live Yes! This two-day event can serve as an on-ramp to advocacy excellence for all of our participants. You’ll go home with the confidence to share your story and make a difference throughout the year on important legislative issues like reforming step therapy. Everyone, of all ages, backgrounds, and advocacy skill levels—including children and teenagers—are welcome at the 2019 Advocacy Summit.
“We can help improve the lives of the children and adults that are living with arthritis by taking action and letting our elected officials know what matters to us,” says April McCaslin, Platinum Ambassador from New York. “Advocating for arthritis is important because it gives us the opportunity to take control over a disease that we otherwise have no control over.”
Advocacy Summit registration closes on Monday, February 4, 2019. For more information contact Julie Eller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register today to secure your spot!
For more information on this event and how to carry your new skills with you into a year of continued engagement with your new (or returning!) legislators, visit our website arthritis.org/AdvocacySummit!
Major victory for Ohioans as the “lame duck” legislative session concluded! On January 4, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 265 into law. Ohio now joins 18 other states that have enacted laws that regulate the use of step therapy. With over 2.5 million Ohioans with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, this law will lead to a safer and more effective step therapy process for physicians and patients alike. Continue reading Long Awaited Victory in Ohio – Step Therapy Reform Enacted