Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Meeting Brings the Power of Yes to the Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS (Nov 16, 2015) – “Yes” can be a powerful word, especially for the nearly 1 in 5 Americans living with arthritis who face the everyday challenges of the disease. The Arthritis Foundation is committed to being a Champion of Yes for people living with the disease and will focus on its approach to conquering arthritis during the 2015 Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting in New Orleans this week.

The November 19 and 20 annual meeting at the InterContinental brings together experts, leaders, staff and volunteers from around the country to build momentum, share plans and ideas for the future and celebrate the Foundation’s successes. Content will focus on the Arthritis Foundation’s four pillars: help and support, juvenile arthritis, scientific discovery and advocacy and access.

“Our volunteers and local staff are the lifeblood of our organization, providing valuable support and connections for the people in their community living with arthritis,” said Ann M. Palmer, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. “At the Arthritis Foundation, we want to boldly lead the charge in curing arthritis and providing families and individuals with access to optimal care, resources, and life-changing tools they need to live life to the fullest. This year’s annual meeting will serve as an opportunity to bring together hundreds of people from across the country to share best practices and reinforce the Power of Yes within the arthritis community.”

Meeting highlights include:

  • Plenary sessions focused on strategic direction, mission impact and scientific discovery
  • Volunteer-led workshops designed to engage team members, review fundraising strategies and create energy around changing lives through the Foundation’s mission
  • The “Recognizing our Champions” Lunch, acknowledging top fundraising event leadership, community impact and promising partnerships

In addition, an Evening of Honors reception honors those who have made a significant impact towards a cure by fundraising, advocating and serving as an inspiration for those with arthritis, and includes the Charles B. Harding Award, the Foundation’s highest volunteer recognition, and the Lee C. Howley Prize for Arthritis Research. The event will be hosted by Matt Iseman, comedian and host of American Ninja Warrior, and is made possible through a generous sponsorship from Eli Lilly.

Other special guests during the two-day meeting include Captain Mark Kelly, commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Mission, and author Jason Saul, Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement. Additional sponsors for the event include Abbvie, Janssen and Pfizer.

To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation and its 2015 Annual Meeting, please visit:

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 million readers per issue.

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