Support Lets Get a Grip on Arthritis Campaign Until a Cure is Found

It’s time to find a cure for the No. 1 disability in America. The Arthritis Foundation is calling upon all Americans to join the movement, donate and learn more about arthritis and the campaign.

ATLANTA, MAY 1, 2018 – In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, the Arthritis Foundation is asking all Americans to rally and support its new cause campaign “Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis,” so the disease can be eradicated once and for all. More than 54 million Americans have arthritis, and many are unable to do what they love or even perform everyday tasks – such as chopping vegetables or buttoning their shirts – due to the pain, inflammation and/or joint disfigurement caused by their arthritis.

“Arthritis is a debilitating disease that impacts nearly every family in America. We need to raise awareness and the funds needed so that people with arthritis can one day have a cure,” said Ann McNamara, senior vice president of revenue strategy, Arthritis Foundation. “One in four Americans live with doctor-diagnosed arthritis – and last year, more than 22 million people came to us for help. We’re committed to providing the resources and support people with arthritis need and ultimately finding a cure, and this campaign will help us achieve that goal faster.” 

 The Arthritis Foundation is calling upon all Americans – with and without arthritis – to visit and learn how they can join the #LetsGripArthritis social media movement, donate and learn more about arthritis and the campaign.

“Ever since I was diagnosed, I’ve made it my personal mission to raise awareness for arthritis,” said Matt Iseman, host of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” “It can be a lonely feeling when you’re first diagnosed but realizing your part of a community of more than 54 million Americans gives me the strength to deal with my health challenges on a daily basis.  The Arthritis Foundation has become like a second family helping me fight my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as well as helping others.  I keep supporting the Arthritis Foundation because I want to be part of the organization’s effort to find a cure for arthritis.” 

Arthritis is the No.1 cause of disability in America and has startling statistics and facts:

Impacts more than 54 million Americans (one in four adults) and nearly 300,000 children. 
Juvenile arthritis can increase a child’s risk for depression as well as physical implications, such as bones and joints growing unevenly. 
There are more than 100 forms of arthritis. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
One in three people aged 18-64 have arthritis.
Total medical costs and earnings losses reached $304 billion in 2013. 
“I woke up in high school in a ton of pain,” said Charcandrick West, NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs. “I’ll never forget how it felt to be a kid and sick, wondering if I would be able to continue doing what I love – playing football. Thankfully, my arthritis is in remission, but my heart breaks for the kids who are dealing with pain and I want to help them chase their dreams, until science and medicine stops arthritis in its tracks.”

The Arthritis Foundation's "Let's Get a Grip on Arthritis" campaign is proudly supported by founding and presenting sponsor CVS Health; champion and official juice partner Cheribundi; and supporting sponsor PopSockets.

Learn more about the cause campaign and how your support can bring us closer to a cure at

About the Arthritis Foundation:

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.

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Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

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Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.