ANRF Blog

Competitive swimmer, triathlete, aspiring ironman athlete, and…Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferer? It may seem that the titles don’t mesh, but Tim Raschle, an Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) sufferer since college, has miraculously been able to still compete in a plethora of events despite his condition. In an effort to take his racing even further, he has joined the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure team to raise money for AS and other autoimmune diseases.

For JeanMarie, racing competitively wasn’t a focus from a young age, but unfortunately, having arthritis was. When she was eleven she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and now, at age 31, she also suffers from Uveitis, which is inflammation in the eye, and Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that often results in decreased production of tears and saliva.

Each month Arthritis Now brings to light the cutting edge projects of the scientists currently and previously funded by the Arthritis National Research Foundation. It is from their investigations at institutions across the country that we become that much closer to finding a cure for arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Our next guest will be Dr. Ziaur Rahman of Penn State University.