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MISSION & VISION

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with rheumatoid disease and our vision is a world where no one suffers from RD.

RD is a serious disease, but symptoms can be visibly subtle, making it difficult to understand. Lack of awareness of RD makes it even more isolating. We understand because we are patients and caregivers who live with RD. Through education, awareness and patient-centered research, together we will transform the future for everyone diagnosed with the disease.

WHAT WE DO

Our programs focus on education and awareness among patients, healthcare professionals and the general public; support and advocacy for people affected by rheumatoid disease; and patient-centered research to improve treatments and care, and to advance the search for a cure.

Current programs and events include Rheumatoid Awareness Day (February 2nd), the first RD awareness billboard campaign, an annual Scholarship Program, educational platforms, research projects and more.

TOGETHER, WE CAN DO MORE

The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation is a volunteer-run non-profit organization. We rely on people like you to accomplish our goals and mission. Find out how you can help!

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RA QUESTIONS

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or rheumatoid disease (RD), is a progressive inflammatory disease causing damage to joint and organ tissues, resulting in severe pain, frequent disability, and increased mortality. RD can affect men or women of any age. The cause is unknown and there is no known cure.

FAQ

Why is the RPF important?

The RPF is the first and only organization with the sole purpose of benefitting people with RA. We endeavor to clearly represent the needs of RA patients and to advance their cause.

Organizations have existed over the years for other rheumatological conditions (such as Sjogren’s syndrome and Fibromyalgia syndrome) and other autoimmune arthritis-type diseases (such as Lupus and Ankylosing Spondylitis). However, the RPF is the first and the only non-profit organization just for RA patients.About RPF

Why do you use the term rheumatoid disease?

Rheumatoid disease (RD) is a term that has been used historically in medical literature, and is a term that more accurately reflects the illness than rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Calling the disease rheumatoid arthritis promotes the misunderstanding that it is a type of arthritis (inflammation of the joints), when, in fact, it is a systemic disease that can affect nearly any part of the body. Arthritis is often an obvious symptom of RD, but it is not always the first symptom or the most significant.Learn more

How many people are affected by RD?

Prevalence of Rheumatoid Arthritis is usually estimated at one to two percent of the total population worldwide. In 2011, Mayo Clinic estimated that the lifetime risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is 3.6% or 1 in 28 for women and 1.7% or 1 in 59 for men. Learn more.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

All donations to RPF are tax-deductible in accordance with U.S. 501(c)(3) regulations. RPF is a non-profit organization supported by volunteers. Your donations make our work possible. Ways to Give.

Add Your Voice

The faces of Rheumatoid Disease are many. The personal stories will bring you to tears. Click here to share your story or click below to hear from others living with RD.

Kinkisha’s Story

By sharing our own stories, we can offer hope and encouragement for others and let people with Rheumatoid Disease know…

Judy’s Story

By sharing our own stories, we can offer hope and encouragement for others and let people with Rheumatoid Disease know…

Savannah’s Story

By sharing our own stories, we can offer hope and encouragement for others and let people with Rheumatoid Disease know…

Natasha’s Story

By sharing our own stories, we can offer hope and encouragement for others and let people with Rheumatoid Disease know…

RD Profile: Miranda

By sharing our own stories, we can offer hope and encouragement for others and let people with Rheumatoid Disease know…

Carmen’s Story

By sharing our own stories, we can offer hope and encouragement for others and let people with Rheumatoid Disease know…

News

Importance of Discussing RA Treatment Goals: Patients Report Providers Seldom Discuss Treatment Goals and Outcomes Improve When Goals…

ACR 2019 – Together We Can Do More

Here at RPF, one of the taglines you’ll often hear us use is, “together, we can do more.”…

RPF Brings Innovative Research to Rheumatologists

RPF and Mayo Clinic presenting new research Next month the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) will once more bring…

RPF Partnership with Scipher Medicine

The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation is pleased to announce our new partnership with Scipher Medicine.  Our mission is to…

2019 Scholarship Winners

The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation was pleased to be able to continue its annual scholarship program in 2019 to…

The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our fifth annual RPF Scholarship Program, designed…

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