2017 Conference of Champions Presentations & Videos
Opening General Session
Be Part of It: Collaborating with Patients
This video is about a new Arthritis Foundation initiative that puts arthritis patients front and center of their treatment and care, so they have more control of how they feel.
Your Direction, Your Destination
This video shows why a more customized experience with the Arthritis Foundation – online and in-person – will help build our community and create new opportunities for everyone.
Breakthrough Initiatives Plenary Session
Be Part of It: Advancing Osteoarthritis Treatment
Our new Arthritis Foundation initiative for osteoarthritis is working to speed up the process of developing cutting-edge OA treatments, as this video describes.
Evening of Honors
George & Lisa Schott: Champion Award Honorees
In this short video, Arthritis Foundation volunteers George and Lisa Schott describe what they’ve been able to accomplish with their “Fruitcakes in the Alley” bowling fundraiser.
JA Camps: A Life-Changing Experience
In this inspiring video, young campers share how Arthritis Foundation juvenile arthritis camps have made a remarkable difference in their lives.
Joy Is a Choice: The Ross Family
Despite a lifetime of battling arthritis, which eventually left her blind, Joy Ross and her family bring hope to others fighting the disease, as seen in this video. Courtesy of Patients for Biologics Safety & Access (PBSA).
Kevin Gadd: Passion Inspired by His Mom
In this video, Arthritis Foundation volunteer Kevin Gadd talks with his mother about her difficult struggles with rheumatoid arthritis and how it inspired him to get involved.
Dr. Cara Hoffart: Champion Award Honoree
As recipient of our Champion Award, pediatric rheumatologist Cara Hoffart offered these remarks about her volunteer work with the Arthritis Foundation.
Be Part of It: Cultivating New Rheumatologists
This video is about a new Arthritis Foundation initiative that aims to address the growing shortage of arthritis specialists, especially in underserved parts of the country.
Congratulations Dan McGowan
Family members describe the compassion and commitment of 2017 Harding Award honoree, Daniel T. McGowan, in these homemade video clips.
Let’s Get a Grip Plenary Session
Champion of Yes: Ana Villafañe
In this video, Broadway star Ana Villafañe explains how getting involved with the Arthritis Foundation as a kid helped plant the seeds for her career as an actress and singer.
Be Part of It: Conquering Childhood Arthritis
This video illustrates how a new Arthritis Foundation initiative is laying the groundwork for revolutionizing treatments for juvenile arthritis, including personalized therapies that take away the guesswork.
Closing Lunch Session
Be Part of It: Four Groundbreaking Initiatives
This video is an overview of four groundbreaking initiatives the Arthritis Foundation is spearheading to change the future of arthritis.
Byron Janis: A Legend in His Own Time
For seven decades, Maestro Byron Janis has mesmerized audiences worldwide on the piano, refusing to let arthritis stop him from doing what he loves, as chronicled in this video.
Presentations coming soon!