Attention Arthritis Foundation friends, supporters, community partners, special event sponsors, and caregivers!

July is National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month and we need your help in spreading the word that JA has to be taken seriously. 300,000 U.S. children are living with JA, a painful, debilitating and costly disease. The Arthritis Foundation is hard at work on solutions. We need your help to win the fight once and for all.

The Arthritis Foundation has been fighting juvenile arthritis and supporting families for more than 60 years. Every year we invest more than $4.5 million in outreach and JA-specific research that advances treatments and will lead to a cure.

Below you will find tools to quickly and effortlessly spread the word and calls to action surrounding JA Awareness Month. You will also find local resources and upcoming opportunities to connect with other kids and families dealing with JA.

Understanding Juvenile Arthritis

  • Types of Juvenile Arthritis: Find out about the different types of JA and how they affect children. Learn More.
  • Who Gets JA and Why: How do genetics and environmental factors play a role in developing juvenile arthritis? Learn More.
  • How to Detect JA: Early Signs and Symptoms. Learn More.

Social Media

  • Hash Tag - Throughout the month of July, use hash tag #JA2014 to promote educational messages and other JA Awareness initiatives you are planning.
  • Instagram -  Please use @AFHeartland to share your photos with your Arthritis Foundation community.
  • Shareable Posts for Twitter and Facebook
  • In honor of JA Month (Name of your company) is proud to support the over 300,000 children (and their loved ones) with arthritis. #JA2014
  • Arthritis is a serious and painful disease that needs to be cured. #JA2014
  • 300,000 children are affected by arthritis. Help us find a cure! #JA2014
  •  Think arthritis is just an old person’s disease? Think again! #JA2014

Show Your Support in Your Email Signature


Simply download the logo, attach it to your email signature, and hyperlink the logo to:
http://www.arthritis.org/illinois/juvenile-arthritis/july-is-juvenile-arthritis-awareness-month/#JA2014

 

Become a Partner in Care & Prevention

Partners in Care & Prevention promote the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis by displaying Arthritis Foundation resources in their office. And they ensure patients with and at risk for arthritis have the resources and information they need to take an active role in their arthritis care. Learn how to get involved as a Partner in Care & Prevention.





Resources & Events

KickIt Kits

 The Arthritis Foundation offers FREE survival kits to newly diagnosed families or families who are new to the Arthritis Foundation.  The KICKIT (Kids In Control KIT) is designed to help your child learn how to take control of their arthritis by providing educational information, a health journal, a book for mom and dad, a book for the child and a cold pack. Order Form.

 

JA Camps

We offer kids the classic summer camp experience, with rest breaks and medical staff on hand. Kids can be kids in an atmosphere of acceptance and community. Most camps are currently in full swing, but Missouri's Cabin Fever will take place in October. Stay tuned for next year's summer camp opportunities by registering for your state's JA e-newsletter. Register here.

JA Conference

The Juvenile Arthritis Conference offers the unique opportunity to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn new ways to manage JA and most of all, have fun! Currently in its 30th year, children with arthritis, caregivers, doctors and researchers from across the nation will convene in Keystone, CO, for the Arthritis Foundation Juvenile Arthritis Conference, held July 3-6. Follow Conference highlights on Twitter at #JA2014.

Family Fun Days

Find out about local upcoming Family Fun Days by checking your state arthritis.org website calendar of events. Family Fun Days are usually held during the spring and fall and also may coincide with local Walk to Cure Arthritis and Jingle Bell Run/Walk Kick-Off Parties.

 

Juvenile Arthritis Registry

Through a partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) established a national organization of pediatric rheumatologists to answer critical clinical research questions. Since our launch in 2001, we have been committed to advancing the health and quality of life of children living with rheumatic disease and arthritis. Learn more.

Kids Get Arthritis, Too Website
is the Arthritis Foundation's online home for the 300,000 families living with juvenile arthritis. Meet other families, find out what's happening near you, and learn more about life with JA from kid, teen, and parent perspectives. Got to kidsgetarthritis.org.

 

Advocacy in Action

Nothing is more powerful than organized grassroots advocacy. If your consumers and patients are struggling with access to care and affordable medications, you need to lead them to arthritis advocacy.

Print this flyer, and post it to the waiting room bulletin board, or place copies of this one which includes a registration form, at the checkout counter.

Have you personally experienced unaffordable out-of-pocket medical costs?  The Arthritis Foundation wants to hear your story.  Please contact Michele Guadalupe (mguadalupe@arthritis.org) for more information.


Calling All Volunteers

We need volunteer leaders who care about the impact of JA in our communities. We need parents, caregivers,young adults who grew up with JA, and school health administrators to help shape local JA programming by serving on the Heartland Region (6-state region including IA, IL, IN, KS, MO and NE) JA Committee. Please contact Jazzmin McKay at jmckay@arthritis.org with interest and questions.

Watch this video and see why others just like you are volunteering.

 

Keep Spreading the News

And finally, we'd like you to share this information in your community. This one-page flyer sums up what we do, and why. A JA-specific flyer focusing on JA Awareness Month can go on bulletin boards at work or shared with patients. This is a JA Awareness Month press release to share with friends in the media.

Print them, share them, post them.

Thank you for supporting JA Awareness Month in your own special way. Your support and connection to the Arthritis Foundation makes a difference!

 

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