About RPF

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Mission & Goals

Vision: We envision a world where no one suffers from rheumatoid disease.
Mission:  RPF is dedicated to improving the lives of people with Rheumatoid disease.
Our vision and mission, along with our core values, are what direct all of our programs and initiatives. Our long-term goals serve to support our mission and guide our board in developing our strategic plan.

RPF History and Accomplishments

The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation was formed early in 2011 with advice and input of numerous leaders in the RA community. RPF was created in response to an outpouring of requests from Rheumatoid patients. The founding Board of Directors was a group of people living with Rheumatoid disease (either RA or JRA). Since then, we have made huge strides in changing the public understanding of rheumatoid disease and working to toward better education, awareness and patient support.

Meet our Board of Directors

Our founding board of directors was a group of people who were all living with rheumatoid disease. Today, our board still consists of people living with RD, but also those who have loved ones with the disease. Our board members and volunteers work together to support our mission of improving the lives of people with rheumatoid disease (PRD). We operate as a virtual organization, impacting the lives of PRD across the nation and across the globe.


The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is primarily volunteer-run. All donations made to RPF are tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law. Our annual reports highlight the programs that our funding helps to support each year.


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.

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