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Myriad Autoimmune

Myriad Autoimmune is passionate about impacting patient lives for the better. We are committed to providing actionable information with our molecular blood test, Vectra, to guide medical management decisions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and improve patient outcomes. Vectra is a validated objective measure that combines 12 biomarkers, age, gender and adiposity to provide a personalized score of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. For more information on Vectra, please visit:

Susan Cabral

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BEFORE THE FIRST SNOWFALL is a beautifully touching, original, mother’s tribute memorial song by BOSTON GIRL Country Music Singer-Songwriter SUSAN CABRAL, inspired by her mother, for yours. You can download the song for .99 cents on iTunes.

All proceeds of this song goes to support the RPF.

Death by Rheumatoid Arthritis

cj-dbra-lg1Author Carla Jones is a RPF advisory board member and member. Carla Jones is dedicated to bringing awareness to the undisputed fact that anyone can die from complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, and to promote early detection of cervical collar damage, for those with the disease. Her mother died as a result of Rheumatoid Disease and she has authored the book Death by Rheumatoid Arthritis. You can buy the kindle version for .99 cents of amazon.
Carla donates the proceeds from the book to RPF.

by KatieB

Donate a Video

October 20, 2012 in

Tips to make your video Awesome, Brilliant and Clear!!

Shoot the video in clear lighting perhaps outside in a quiet place without background noise.

Be yourself and don’t worry about saying it perfectly.

Set your camera on something or use a tripod for stability.


Click here to upload your video. When the page opens, input your name and email address, then continue to upload your video. It may take a little while to upload so make sure you have a good internet connection.

When you upload your video, you acknowledge that you have the rights to the video you are uploading and that the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation 501c(3) may, but is not required to use all or part of the video in any of its publications, presentations or on its website.

If you have any questions or would rather just email the video, email

More Tips

  • Before you begin your video and after you finish your video, take approximately 5 seconds of footage of you looking directly into the camera without speaking.
  • Please begin by restating the question you are answering. For example, if the question is “What is my favorite color?” respond, "My favorite color is…”.
  • Feel free to make a video out of slides or pictures and music if you have the rights to it.

What kind of video do I make?

For information about the current video contest click here!


by KatieB

A Birthday Story

October 14, 2012 in Exciting

By Eric Neevel

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Birthdays! A time for cake, ice cream, celebration of life, and hopefully, gifts. But what if instead of receiving birthday gifts you used the opportunity to give a gift? Recently, we connected with Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD) patient Tanya Martin to discuss what led her to do exactly that.

Tanya -- who has personally suffered with RAD since 2003 -- used her last birthday as an opportunity to raise money for the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF). She set up an online fundraiser and encouraged friends and family members to donate to her cause as a birthday gift for her. Starting her cause just a few weeks before her birthday, it only took a few days to exceed her personal hopes of raising $500. In about a two-week time period Tanya went far beyond her goal by raising a total of $1,161 for the RPF.

Using helped Tanya make her idea a reality. “ makes it really easy. Three easy steps and they had the page ready to start accepting donations.” Then, using the power of social media, she began to promote her cause. “I did a few posts on my blog -- -- about it and almost daily tweeted it on Twitter, shared it on Facebook, and other social websites. Most of the money came from friends and family, [though] some came from the social marketing.”It wasn’t long before the donations started and Tanya’s goal was met.

Tanya explained why she chose the RPF. “I have wanted to start a non-profit for RA since 2006,” she said, but the realities of life with RAD, raising a family, and running a business prevented her from achieving that goal. However, last year her dream of having a non-profit solely for RAD came to be when the RPF was formed. “I feel I got what I wanted for years. RPF definitely has any time, marketing, or any other help I can give them. I really appreciate that there is finally a place for patients with RA.” She explained that her passion for the RPF is more than her simply being affected. “My mother had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis starting in her early 30’s. I can remember opening jars, putting gas in the car, or just running into the store for her before I was even a teenager.” Tanya also has a sister who has RAD as well, making her fundraising cause a family cause.

One of the nice things about birthdays is that we always know when they are coming, and Tanya is already making plans for her next one. “I will definitely do this again for my next birthday and I might use it for a personal wish. also does memorial, personal, holiday, wedding, run/walk, and ride wishes.” Using their services made this an easy and achievable goal for anyone. “I would ask for a higher amount and start a month before my birthday instead of a couple of weeks,” she said in closing. A gift worth sharing for any cause and worth considering for ours, and one that looks beyond receiving to giving again and again.

by KatieB


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