Join us in Washington DC March 24 – 26!

For the latest updates on the 2014 Advocacy Summit, please bookmark the Arthritis Foundation’s Summit page.

Spring Break – DC style!

Raise money for Jingle Bell Run and we’ll help you attend the 2014 Advocacy Summit!

Here’s your opportunity to visit our Nation’s Capital AND learn more about advocacy

The 2014 Advocacy Summit will be held in Washington, DC March 24th – 26th!  The annual Advocacy Summit brings together advocates, young and old, from across the country to meet with their Members of Congress.  Read testimonials from past Summit participants on their experience, go to:  http://www.arthritis.org/illinois/advocacy/advocacy-summit/ 

Are you still not sure about advocacy and your role?  Contact Michele (Pfeilschifter) Guadalupe at mguadalupe@arthritis.org for more information or visit www.arthritis.org/advocacy.  

Jingle Bell Run teams within the Heartland Region that raise $1500 or more by 12/31/13 will receive free Advocacy Summit registration for a family of four. 

Can’t make the Summit but want to learn more about advocacy?  Raise $1000 or more by 12/31/13 and we’ll bring an advocacy training to you and your friends!*

*training date is subject to availability of Heartland Advocacy Staff

Feeling more ambitious?  Raise $5000 or more by 12/31/13 and receive free Advocacy Summit registration and 2 night’s lodging at the Advocacy Summit hotel.  Contact Chris Crowley (ccrowley@arthritis.org) with questions about this fundraising incentive.

Why should you attend the Advocacy Summit? Read testimonials from past participants:

My daughter got to meet kids like her and experience the law making aspects of this terrible disease.
--Lorrie, parent of a child with arthritis, from Ellsinore, MO

Congress won't know your story until you tell it to them.
--Cindy, an Arthritis Foundation exercise trainer and ambassador, from Thornton, IL

Attending the 2013 Advocacy Summit was a moving experience for me. It certainly made me aware of what a group of dedicated people can do for others.
--Corrine, patient with arthritis, from Omaha, NE

There are many things about arthritis that we cannot control, but participating in an Advocacy Summit allows us to be a catalyst for change.
-Grant, child with arthritis, from Glencoe, IL

We make the Advocacy Summit a family affair because it is a powerful right to exercise and a privilege to attend, but ultimately, it is a way that we can make a positive impact on a devastating condition.
--Kim, parent of children with arthritis and ambassador, from Glencoe, IL

Advocacy Summit teaches kids a lot, but allows up to help make a difference.
--Evan, child with arthritis, from Glencoe, IL

Attending the Summit gives you an opportunity to make your voice heard.
--Kris, parent of a child with arthritis, from Union, MO

The Advocacy Summit made us feel like we really made a difference. It was a great chance to give a voice to those that suffer with arthritis.
--Brian, patient with arthritis and ambassador, from Evansville, IN

I liked learning new ways to advocate for arthritis.
--Laniese, child with arthritis, from Newton, KS

I enjoyed the empowerment of learning how to better advocate for children like my daughter. Honestly, the best part was meeting others in the same battle with arthritis.
--Staci, parent of a child with arthritis and ambassador, from Newton, KS

Check out pictures from past Advocacy Summits!

2013 Advocacy Summit Photos
2012 Advocacy Summit Photos
2011 Advocacy Summit Photos

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