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Arthritis Foundation Volunteers Take Their Message to Capitol Hill at the 2012 Advocacy Summit

On April 16-18, hundreds of people from across the United States will meet with members of Congress to educate them about arthritis and its devastating effects on the 50 million adults and 300,000 children with the disease.  Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, costing the nation $128 billion a year.  The message for this year’s summit is “Ignoring Arthritis is Unacceptable” with the goal of making arthritis related issues a national priority.  Arthritis Advocates make a difference!  Their efforts recently played a role in President Obama's budget recognizing the need for more pediatric rheumatologists.


2012 Advocacy Summit participants will have the opportunity to:

  •         Learn firsthand about high priority advocacy issues.
  •         Meet face-to-face with members of Congress and educate them about the disease, their family, and our country’s economy.
  •          Let Congress know what needs to be done for people with arthritis.

Act today if you would like to register for this event.  Registration closes on March 15, 2012. Find out more information and sign up here.


Can’t make it to the 2012 Summit? Check out the Advocacy Summit Blog to follow two advocates as they take arthritis related issues to Capitol Hill.  


Remember that you don’t need to join us in Washington D.C. to help make a difference. If you aren’t a part of the Arthritis Foundation E-Advocacy Network yet, sign up here. This effort plays a vital role in our continued mission to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

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