Last year, RPF established February 2nd as Rheumatoid Awareness Day (click here to view press release). Thousands of people from around the world took part in a number of different ways. To name just a few...
- Some people hosted local awareness events or patient gatherings
- Some people dressed in the indigo and gold colors for rheumatoid disease or sported other awareness gear
- Others shared our Awareness Cards and other facts about rheumatoid disease to educate others
- Still others got their local governments to institute an official proclamation establishing February 2nd as Rheumatoid Awareness Day
- Many people took part on social media by participating on one of our chats, updating their status, profile picture or linking back to information about RD
This year, we want to see how YOU celebrate awareness!
Send us your photos from Rheumatoid Awareness Day showing how you are participating. If you're doing something big or unique, send us a paragraph about what you are planning and we'll post it on our blog. Imagine how encouraging it will be to see all of the different ways that people are working to bring awareness. Feel free to post your photos on Twitter (tagging @RheumPF), on our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/rheumatoidpatientfoundation), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Celebrate Awareness?
People with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD) often feel alone and misunderstood. We want to show PRD that they are not alone, and to help the rest of the world to understand this disease. Awareness and education are the key to dispelling myths and clearing up misconceptions about rheumatoid "arthritis". Generating a greater level of awareness for rheumatoid disease can help patients be better understood by friends and family, it can make getting accommodations easier, it can help improve clinical care, and it can help generate additional research funding. And, for us, those are all things to celebrate! This February 2nd -- between the Big Game and the ever alluring reveal of the Groundhog -- remember: together, we can do more! Let's party!