Arthritis Consumer Experts participated in the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis’ May 20 World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day “virtual” race. The event saw dozens of nonprofits, advocates, and experts from around the world come together to provide educational and awareness information to patients, their supporters, and the general public.
The event reached 1,000’s of patients and supporters in 62 countries around the world, but the awareness doesn’t stop with the end of this event.
The US Arthritis Foundation states that with autoimmune and inflammatory types of arthritis, early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is critical. In addition, slowing disease activity can help minimize or even prevent permanent joint damage. The American College of Rheumatology & EULAR – European League Against Rheumatism work hard to keep treatment guidelines up to date in the United States. In Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Rheumatology Association work together to ensure Canadians living with arthritis get the healthcare they need. All progression of these diseases is permanent and irreversible – so early intervention is necessary, not only to avoid unnecessary damage and disability, but to avoid overburdening an already exhausted healthcare system (regardless of country) that long term disability healthcare costs would add to the problems.
Arthritis Consumer Experts is honoured to be crowned one of #WAAD17’s Nonprofit Race Team winner and be ranked beside other patient organizations. Here is a list of this year’s winners:
- Grand Champions: International Pain Foundation
- 2nd Place: Arthritis Consumer Experts
- 3rd Place: Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation
- 4th Place: International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis
- 5th Place: Arthritis Foundation
Thank you to all who participated online on Facebook and Twitter to help spread awareness. Your efforts will help others differentiate between autoimmune and autoinflammatory forms of arthritis from the more common version of arthritis – osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis.
In case you missed it, you can review the event in detail here. Alternatively, you can use the search function on Facebook and Twitter to look for postings with the hashtag #WAAD17.