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2017 Conference of Champions Presentations & Videos

Opening General Session

Full Opening Session Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Full Opening Session Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Hosted by Phoenix 3TV “Good Evening Arizona” anchor Nicole Crites, with a personal welcome from Jill Lopez, Arizona leadership board chair of the Arthritis Foundation. Learn about the exciting progress we’re making together from Foundation CEO Ann Palmer: recent accomplishments, cutting-edge initiatives and our commitment to putting patients first. Keynote speaker Marc Boutin, CEO of the National Health Council, shares his perspective on health care and patient engagement.

Be Part of It: Collaborating With Patients

Be Part of It: Collaborating with Patients

This video is about a new Arthritis Foundation initiative that puts arthritis patients front and center of their treatment and care, so they have more control of how they feel.

Your Direction, Your Destination

Your Direction, Your Destination

This video shows why a more customized experience with the Arthritis Foundation – online and in-person – will help build our community and create new opportunities for everyone.

Breakthrough Initiatives Plenary Session

Full Plenary Session Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Full Plenary Session Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Arthritis patients are crucial contributors to the path forward in care and treatments. This session centers around our breakthrough initiatives and how we’re partnering with patients for better health, featuring Arthritis Foundation Board Chair Rowland W. (Bing) Chang; Guy Eakin, PhD, senior vice president, scientific strategy; Suz Schrandt, director of patient engagement; and guest speaker Bruce Marshall, MD, senior vice president of clinical affairs at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Be Part of It: Advancing Osteoarthritis Treatment

Be Part of It: Advancing Osteoarthritis Treatment

Our new Arthritis Foundation initiative for osteoarthritis is working to speed up the process of developing cutting-edge OA treatments, as this video describes.

Evening of Honors

Part 1: Evening of Honors Ceremony Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Part 1: Evening of Honors Ceremony Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Hosted again by Matt Iseman, “The New Celebrity Apprentice” and star of “American Ninja Warrior,” this ceremony is always a favorite highlight of the Conference of Champions for toasting achievements and building on tradition.

Part 2: Evening of Honors Ceremony Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Part 2: Evening of Honors Ceremony Recording – Nov. 16, 2017

Hosted again by Matt Iseman, “The New Celebrity Apprentice” and star of “American Ninja Warrior,” this ceremony is always a favorite highlight of the Conference of Champions for toasting achievements and building on tradition.

Matt Iseman Evening of Honors Comedy Monologue – Nov. 16, 2017

Matt Iseman Evening of Honors Comedy Monologue – Nov. 16, 2017

Evening of Honors host Matt Iseman, star of “American Ninja Warrior,” opens the ceremony by describing his “New Celebrity Apprentice” experience, where he raised nearly $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation.

George & Lisa Schott: Champion Award Honorees

George & Lisa Schott: Champion Award Honorees

In this short video, Arthritis Foundation volunteers George and Lisa Schott describe what they’ve been able to accomplish with their “Fruitcakes in the Alley” bowling fundraiser.

JA Camps: A Life-Changing Experience

JA Camps: A Life-Changing Experience

In this inspiring video, young campers share how Arthritis Foundation juvenile arthritis camps have made a remarkable difference in their lives.

Joy Is a Choice: The Ross Family

Joy Is a Choice: The Ross Family

Despite a lifetime of battling arthritis, which eventually left her blind, Joy Ross and her family bring hope to others fighting the disease, as seen in this video. Courtesy of Patients for Biologics Safety & Access (PBSA).

Kevin Gadd: Passion Inspired by His Mom

Kevin Gadd: Passion Inspired by His Mom

In this video, Arthritis Foundation volunteer Kevin Gadd talks with his mother about her difficult struggles with rheumatoid arthritis and how it inspired him to get involved.

Dr. Cara Hoffart: Champion Award Honoree

Dr. Cara Hoffart: Champion Award Honoree

As recipient of our Champion Award, pediatric rheumatologist Cara Hoffart offered these remarks about her volunteer work with the Arthritis Foundation.

Be Part of It: Cultivating New Rheumatologists

Be Part of It: Cultivating New Rheumatologists

This video is about a new Arthritis Foundation initiative that aims to address the growing shortage of arthritis specialists, especially in underserved parts of the country.

Congratulations Dan McGowan

Congratulations Dan McGowan

Family members describe the compassion and commitment of 2017 Harding Award honoree, Daniel T. McGowan, in these homemade video clips.

Let’s Get a Grip Plenary Session

Full Plenary Session Recording – Nov. 17, 2017

This session is hosted by Arthritis Foundation board member Dennis Ehling. Broadway sensation Ana Villafañe, star of the musical “On Your Feet!”, inspires us with her story of growing up with juvenile arthritis and how the Arthritis Foundation paved the way for her singing and acting career. We also make the connection between mission and fundraising as Ann McNamara, senior vice president of revenue strategy, shares how together we can achieve new heights.

Ana Villafañe’s Story

Ana Villafañe’s Story

Broadway sensation Ana Villafañe, star of the musical “On Your Feet!”, inspires us with her story of growing up with juvenile arthritis and how the Arthritis Foundation paved the way for her singing and acting career.

Champion of Yes: Ana Villafañe

Champion of Yes: Ana Villafañe

In this video, Broadway star Ana Villafañe explains how getting involved with the Arthritis Foundation as a kid helped plant the seeds for her career as an actress and singer.

Be Part of It: Conquering Childhood Arthritis

Be Part of It: Conquering Childhood Arthritis

This video illustrates how a new Arthritis Foundation initiative is laying the groundwork for revolutionizing treatments for juvenile arthritis, including personalized therapies that take away the guesswork.

Let's Get a Grip on Arthritis

Let's Get a Grip on Arthritis

This video kicks off our new cause development campaign, showing that millions of us can be way bigger together in the fight to conquer arthritis.

Closing Lunch Session

Full Closing Lunch Session Recording – Nov. 17, 2017

Full Closing Lunch Session Recording – Nov. 17, 2017

This session is hosted by Arthritis Foundation board member Dennis Ehling. New author Andrea Avery shares her personal journey of living with arthritis and joins legendary classical pianist Byron Janis in a live performance. Plus 2017 Jingle Bell Run Youth Honoree Kate Wingate and her mom, Brook, speak from the heart. Broadway star Ana Villafañe wraps it all up in a final musical send-off.

Andrea Avery’s Story – Nov. 17, 2017

Andrea Avery’s Story – Nov. 17, 2017

Author Andrea Avery shares her personal journey of living with arthritis, as chronicled in her new book, “Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano.”

Be Part of It: Four Groundbreaking Initiatives

Be Part of It: Four Groundbreaking Initiatives

This video is an overview of four groundbreaking initiatives the Arthritis Foundation is spearheading to change the future of arthritis.

Byron Janis: A Legend in His Own Time

Byron Janis: A Legend in His Own Time

For seven decades, Maestro Byron Janis has mesmerized audiences worldwide on the piano, refusing to let arthritis stop him from doing what he loves, as chronicled in this video.