Holiday Giving to Help Cure Arthritis

Holiday Giving to Help Cure Arthritis

Every holiday season in some way is about holiday giving.  How many times are we reminded to be jolly and give during every Christmas holiday season? It is easy to be jolly and give during the Christmas season if you have no cares, are healthy and able to participate in all the fun activities that this special season offers.  But what if you couldn’t join in the fun?  What if you or your child couldn’t share the excitement, the laughter, the complete joy of Christmas because their movements are limited, because they have to watch their every move or risk additional pain and even more visits to the doctor.  This is a way of life for many adults and particularly for the more that 300,000 children who suffer from autoimmune arthritis, also known as juvenile arthritis.

There are more than 50 million Americans who have to live with the daily struggles brought on by arthritis, a disease usually associated with the elderly.  But the symptoms of autoimmune arthritis go far beyond what we associate with someone growing old, and they can make life particularly difficult for children who often don’t understand why they can’t be like other children. Needless to say that these limitations hurt even more during the Christmas holidays, when children want to play in the snow, try out their new toys, or simply want to participate in the many activities that families plan.  While a lot of families are keenly aware about other children with autoimmune arthritis and work together to improve the lives of sufferers, many Americans do not know about the diverse efforts to find a cure. Are you one of them?

For more than 40 years, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for adults and kids who suffer from many forms of arthritis. Did you know that the ANRF has helped support a number of researchers who are devoting their time, energy and focus to solutions and cures for Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune disorders? Success in any of these fields will mean life-changing treatments for children and adults, and a possible return to a life without pain.  But, the ANRF needs help to reach these goals, and you can be a part of these solutions through a unique Christmas gift.

Helping is easy.  Did you know that only $25 funds one hour of research?  That’s less than the cost of a cup of coffee a day per month.  By including ANRF in your holiday charitable giving, you can make a difference not only in a child’s life, but also help advance research and cures for than 50 million Americans who live with pain and discomfort.  Individual charity gifts are the driving force in providing funding for the vital research that leads to new breakthroughs.  Charity gifts for Christmas are even more significant because of the spirit in which they were made: helping children who cannot enjoy this special time of year with their families.

We know that many organizations ask for charity gifts during the Christmas season when we ask for your support and we truly appreciate it when you make a donation.  Your donations to the Arthritis National Research Foundation truly make a difference by supporting research for illnesses that can strike anyone at any time and often impact children the most.  Give a special Christmas gift today: support the Arthritis National Research Foundation, and make it season to be truly jolly!

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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. There are several ways to support research through the ANRF. Find out more and donate today.

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