About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the largest non-profit a national health organization whose mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and other related diseases.
What is the Arthritis Foundation doing to fight juvenile arthritis?
•Funding life-changing and groundbreaking research
•Advocating for kids and teens with arthritis to gain access to pediatric rheumatologists. There are only 250 pediatric rheumatologists nationwide.
•Increasing insight into juvenile arthritis (JA) via the CARRA registry, a database about juvenile arthritis for researchers and pediatric rheumatologists
•Supporting families and bringing them together through the Juvenile Arthritis Conference, Art for Arthritis, JA Family Days.
Arthritis hurts someone you know.
• More than 50 million Americans (1 in 5 people) have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor
• Nearly 300,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by juvenile arthritis
• Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States
• 2/3 of those that suffer from arthritis are under the age of 65
Arthritis affects millions of people in South Carolina.
• 1 million adults in South Carolina have been diagnosed with arthritis
• Nearly 4,000 children suffer from various forms of arthritis
The cost to the economy is staggering
Each year, arthritis results in:
• 39 million physician visits
• 744,000 hospitalizations
• 3 million visits to outpatient departments
• 2.2 million visits to emergency departments
• $128 billion in costs of treatment, lost wages and other associated costs
But the cost to American families is even worse
• Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes
• Pain, fatigue, and inflammation can limit everyday activities, from simple tasks, like bathing and dressing, to the ability to maintain employment or live independently
• Caring for a family member with a prolonged or chronic illness is stressful and draining -- mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially