May 20 is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day. The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis established this commemorative date back in 2012. The virtual event unites dozen of nonprofits, advocates, and experts from around the world to provide educational and awareness information to patients, their supporters, and the general public.
In the past, the event was organized as an online convention. This year, participants and partner organizations will participate in a virtual global race where they will visit social media and organizational websites, join live “detours” (webinars and web chats), and access community resource and raise awareness for autoimmune arthritis. During the Call to Action LIVE Awareness “Crowd Rallies” program, participants can join the Autoimmune Sing-a-Long Detour or submit a video contest on the topic of “raising your glass to raise awareness about autoimmune arthritis.
Partner groups, to list a few, include Arthritis Consumer Experts/JointHealth™, the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis (IFAA), Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, Arthritis New Zealand, the International Still’s Disease Foundation, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Arthritis National Research Foundation, Canadian Spondylitis Association, Creaky Joints/Global Healthy Living Foundation, Lupus UK, International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, and the Patient Advocate Foundation.
The virtual race started today and ends May 21, 2015 at 12pm Eastern Standard Time. Register now to support Arthritis Consumer Experts! Registration is free. To learn more about the event, please click here. Join the conversation on Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldAutoimmuneArthritisDay and Facebook.com/ACEJointHealth, and Twitter @WAutoimmuneAD and @ACEJointHealth by using the hashtag #WAAD15.