Beyond the physical, mental and emotional hardship of rheumatoid disease (RD), there is also often a financial toll placed on people with RD due to the expenses of continuous care and treatment, as well as potential disability and loss of income. One of RPF’s primary goals is offering support to rheumatoid patients. One way in which we seek to do this is to offer support to students who have RD or whose parents have RD, as they pursue higher education. RPF’s scholarship program helps to support and meet the needs of these students.
RPF believes that change starts with education. We have created a number of educational resources that are available for use by healthcare professionals, as well as individuals. Our brochures can be downloaded digitally, printed, or ordered from our website. The more informed we are, the better decisions we can make for ourselves and those in our care.
Rheumatoid Awareness Day is observed on February 2, giving people with the chronic illness known as rheumatoid arthritis, or rheumatoid disease, a day of recognition. Because the disease is commonly presumed to be a type of arthritis, awareness is lacking, causing problems with disability accommodations, clinical care, healthcare costs and research funding. Join us each February, and all the year long as we heighten awareness.
RPF is committed to supporting patient-centric research that can help improve the lives of patients and work toward a cure. Through our own research and collaborations with other organizations, we help provide insight into patients needs and experiences, and promote research related to treatment and scientific discovery. We also work to connect patients with ways to get involved in research through opportunities like blood donations and clinical trials.
From social media to billboards, RPF is impacting public awareness of rheumatoid disease in big ways. We work to bring the true nature of RD to the forefront and fight misconceptions that RD is simply a “type of arthritis.” Our awareness campaigns focus in simple truths that can help change the perception of this disease and underscore the need for better support and a cure.
Each year, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) hosts an Annual Scientific Meeting that attracts upwards of 10,000 rheumatology professionals from across the globe. This event involves educational sessions, a large poster hall where research abstracts are displayed, and an exhibit hall where organizations can set up a booth space to provide information to attendees. RPF has participated in this event in many ways – from being an exhibitor, to having presenting speakers, to reporting on research and event presenting our own research.
RPF is a caring supportive community and we want to honor and remember the people we have lost who lived with rheumatoid disease, their struggles and triumphs. On our Memorial page, you can view the names and stories of those we have lost, or submit the name and/or story of your own loved one lost to RD.