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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.
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.
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.
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.