arthritis foundation conference of champions

2017 Conference of Champions Presentations & Videos

Opening General Session

Be Part of It: Collaborating With Patients

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!