LONG BEACH, CA - To move science more quickly towards new treatments and a cure for arthritis, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) increased its annual research grant awards to $100,000 each. The Arthritis National Research Foundation has been funding research across the U.S. to cure arthritis since 1970. This is an increase from the maximum $75,000 per grant they have awarded for the past six years.

As part of the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s effort to educate and spread awareness on the various forms of Arthritis, we have created the interview series, Arthritis Now, in which different guests in the arthritis community will speak on recent news and developments.

Candyce Sindelir was diagnosed in 2006 with rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. An arthritis diagnosis is never easy, however for some, it can be worse than for others. Her journey has led to physical therapy, financial hardship, alienation from her family and she's even had her children taken away from her – all as a result of her autoimmune diseases.

Being a teenager is hard enough as it is, let alone having rheumatoid arthritis. Annie Kosman, who was diagnosed at age 17 years old, has been battling her R.A. for six years, watching as it stripped her of some of her favorite activities. But recently she has chosen to fight back. She has just joined Racing For a Cure and is eager to raise money to find a cure for the disease that is closest to her.