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54 Million Reasons to Give on #GivingTuesday

Picture this: You’re walking through your local CVS Health store. Your hips and toes have already started burning. All you want to do is get back into your car to sit, but even that’s a challenge. As you make your way to the pain aisle, you want something — anything — to make it go away. You put a hot and cold compress into your cart. But bending down to lift the Epsom salt is going to be a challenge. Should you ask the stranger shopping next to you for help?

This is the daily reality for 1 in 4 people in the U.S. For the 54 million Americans living with arthritis, a seemingly simple trip to CVS Health to purchase essentials can be overwhelming.

Today is your chance to change that.

Today is #GivingTuesday — a moment where everyday people rally together to improve our communities and our world. Chances are that every charitable cause you care about has asked you for a donation today. The Arthritis Foundation and our partners at CVS Health take this opportunity — and responsibility — seriously. That’s why we’re asking you to think about what matters most in your life this year.


On this global day of giving, join the Arthritis Foundation and CVS Health to give the 54 million Americans living in daily pain the resources, research and recognition they need to shape a better future. CVS Health is generously matching every donation to the Arthritis Foundation on #GivingTuesday, up to $50,000.


#GivingTuesday is about more than giving just money.

It’s about giving kids with arthritis the hope and confidence to keep dreaming big and believing in themselves.

It’s about giving parents the ability to hold and hug their children without experiencing severe pain.

It’s about giving everyone the peace of mind that they’ll never be forced to quit their job or give up their life passions because pain makes it physically impossible.

It’s about sharing a fresh perspective, to better understand how severe arthritis is, how it affects many people and how we can all be supportive.

It’s about giving researchers the opportunity to discover groundbreaking new treatments, and eventually, cures, to conquer arthritis once and for all.

And today, your donation can make twice the impact — giving more people with arthritis a better future.

We’re incredibly grateful to CVS Health for consistently leading the way in bringing arthritis pain out of the shadows to spark lasting change. As the Presenting Sponsor of our Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis campaign, they’ve donated through in-store promotions and donations. As our exclusive drugstore partner for better living, CVS Health is committed to helping our community manage arthritis through treatments, easy access to specially selected products and raising awareness of this disease nationwide.

No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old

Meet Shannan O’hara-Levi

When Shannan O’hara-Levi was only 7 months old, her mother noticed that she would wake up from naps crying and grabbing at her knees. Mrs. O’hara took her to the doctor, only to be brushed off and told it was just “growing pains” that would eventually go away. Ironically, a few years later at a routine checkup, the pediatrician asked Mrs. O’hara why Shannan wasn’t brought in earlier for her red, swollen knees. That’s when Shannan was finally diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA). Continue reading No One Should Be in Debilitating Pain, Especially at 3 Years Old

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Launching the Live Yes! Arthritis Network on World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day is Oct. 12. That’s the day when we come together from around the globe to raise awareness about arthritis, the world’s most prevalent disease. It’s the day we tell the world how arthritis ruthlessly robs quality of life, keeping many people from doing simple, everyday tasks, and often from doing the things they love.

World Arthritis Day is extra special this year because the Arthritis Foundation is officially launching our Live Yes! Arthritis Network. We’ve been working behind the scenes over the past year to create a vibrant, enriching experience for people with arthritis – to help them live their best lives..

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2018 Live Yes! Conference of Champions

Building Momentum for the Arthritis Movement

Bringing people with arthritis together has been an Arthritis Foundation specialty for 70 years. Helping them make connections with each other and with the experts and resources they need can change their lives.

This November, we’ll renew our promise to empower people with arthritis to live their best life at the 2018 Live Yes! Conference of Champions. Hundreds of Arthritis Foundation staff members, passionate volunteers and generous partners from around the country will descend on Baltimore to focus on “The Power of Connections.”

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Closing the Gap on the Nation’s Rheumatologist Shortage

Many of us know that access to care isn’t always a guarantee. All too often, seeing a rheumatologist includes traveling out of state because of the severe rheumatologist shortage. Last year we committed to closing this gap by offering Fellowship grants to universities in underserved areas. After careful consideration, we recently selected five schools to receive fellowship grants to help doctors advance in this specialty field. The institutions were offered $150,000 to launch new slots for established fellowship programs.

We are thrilled to be able to offer these awards because of the impact the newly funded positions will have on their communities. Executive Director Kelsey Woods told us this of the grant given to a school in her area, “The University of Washington has long been a partner of the Arthritis Foundation in the fight to both control and cure this debilitating disease. We are so proud to continue to fund a rheumatology fellowship right here in Seattle at the UW. Healthcare access is and must continue to be a top priority in the region, and this investment is confirmation that we will continue to fight for that.”

Three adult and two pediatric rheumatology fellowships have been offered and accepted by the follow programs:

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Getting a Head Start on Arthritis Awareness Month: PopSockets Is Helping Move the Needle

Order your phone grip by March 31, 2018 to support the Arthritis Foundation!

Though National Arthritis Month isn’t until May, the Arthritis Foundation is already putting an even brighter spotlight on America’s #1 cause of disability.

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Study Finds Many More U.S. Adults Have Arthritis Than Previously Thought

Arthritis might be far more common in the United States than previously thought, especially among adults younger than 65. That’s according to a new study published online in Arthritis & Rheumatology in November.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) undertook the study because they suspected the current estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – which puts the number of adults with arthritis in the U.S. at around 54 million – might be too low.

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