ANRF Blog

Aimee Espinoza, a 27 year old rheumatoid arthritis warrior, is one of the newest additions to the Racing For a Cure team – the squad of athletes running, walking, biking, and/or swimming to raise money for arthritis research. She has joined the team because she feels that rheumatoid arthritis does not get the attention and awareness it deserves, she hopes that through her racing efforts, she can in some way make a difference.

Eleven year-old Roth didn’t count on getting arthritis – and most kids usually don’t. To the public, it’s an elderly person’s disease. However, he was diagnosed with Enthesitis; a type of arthritis that inflames the part of the body where the tendons and ligaments insert into the bone. For Roth, it’s his knees that are primarily affected.

When Niki Fontenot was 22 she first began to notice symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Over the years, after being told she had less critical afflictions such as tendonitis, she was finally diagnosed with A.S. at age 26, taking after her father who also possessed the...

Walk Your A.S. Off isn’t just a humorous and clever title that piques your interest – it’s a movement for good. The name refers to a national walk that sponsors Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S), a form of arthritis that mainly affects inflammation in the spine, and related autoimmune diseases.

Starting as merely an idea back in 2009, Give Back Project was a whim created by Charlotte Mata, a registered nurse, art appreciator and creator. Since its official launch on June 1st however, the whim has transformed into a reality, and a quite successful one...

For the month of May, the Arthritis National Research Foundation partnered with The Blue Ribbon Project to create the first annual Go Blue for Arthritis Challenge. Both nonprofit organizations strive to spread arthritis awareness and foster a strong sense of social interaction within the arthritis community. Because of their determination to shed more light on this particular branch of autoimmune diseases, the month-long event turned into a great success.

As part of the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Go Blue For Arthritis Challenge this past month, there was one participant who decided to take the challenge a bit further, volunteering to dye her hair blue and cut it into a whimsical hairstyle voted on by others in the arthritis community. The brave rheumatoid arthritis warrior is Judith Flanagan, hailing all the way from Australia.

The Seen At the Scene awareness campaign is an ongoing arthritis awareness campaign made possible by the committed and creative arthritis ambassadors all over the world. The campaign is open to everyone and the goal is to create a fun way to raise awareness while sharing the message that it is time for a cure.