This article is part of the Arthritis Archives.
Dateline: January 20, 1998
Arthritis Foundation Turns 50
The Arthritis Foundation has begun a nationwide 50th anniversary observance. The focus of the observance is to combat the public's misconception that little can be done to help arthritis and related conditions.
A year-long campaign theme "Make This The Year You Get Active" will urge the public to seek early treatment, learn about their arthritis, and take a greater role in their own treatment plan with self-care strategies. The campaign will also encourage people to become active in supporting the Arthritis Foundation by volunteering, using, and supporting the foundation's many services.
The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention have projected that by the year 2020 about 59.4 million Americans will be afflicted with arthritis. About six million Americans claim to have arthritis, but have never seen a doctor assuming little can be done. Arthritis is a devastating, painful and limiting disease which can impact a person's ability to do even simple tasks. It is the nation's leading cause of disability. Treatment can:
- help reduce pain
- maintain joint use
- improve quality of life
Heroes Overcoming Arthritis
During this unique anniversary observation, the Arthritis Foundation also will recognize people who have been able to overcome the challenges of arthritis. The foundation has initiated a nationwide search for people who inspire others by living full and active lives in spite of their chronic arthritic condition.
The search, called Heroes Overcoming Arthritis, will honor 50 individuals with arthritis who lead lives of courage and inspiration. Not only do they manage their disease, but overcome it by being active volunteers or supporting others in an extraordinary way. Heroes also may be people who do not have arthritis but significantly contribute to the fight against it. The search is free and the deadline for entry is March 23, 1998. An entry form can be obtained by calling the Arthritis Foundation at 800-283-7800, or through any local chapter or branch. Heroes can be nominated by themselves or by a friend or family member.
The Arthritis Foundation which began in 1948, has spent more than $200 million on research to support more than 1,700 scientists and physicians in arthritis research. The 50th anniversary observance will stress the seriousness of the disease, as well as the help and hope available to those who suffer with it.
Sources: PRNewswire, January 14, 1998, The Arthritis Foundation
First published: 01/20/98