2018 Conference of Champions Presentations & Videos
Opening General Session
OPENING LUNCH SESSION RECORDING – Nov. 9, 2018
In the opening session of the 2018 Conference of Champions, participants learned about the power of personal connections and how they can change the lives of people with arthritis. Rob Wicall, former Spurs Coyote Mascot and chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s leadership board in San Antonio, shares his own outlook on making others happy.
OPEN PLENARY SESSION RECORDING – Nov. 9, 2018
As the 2018 Conference of Champions opening session concluded, attendees saw how the Live Yes! Arthritis Network is changing the landscape for people living with arthritis through personalized connections and support. They also learned how collected data will shape local programming, allowing us to better serve the needs of patients at a local level.
LIVE YES! JOURNEY VIDEO
This video illustrates how information seekers come to the Arthritis Foundation for support, and how we can engage them to be participants and champions for our cause.
Hot Topics in Arthritis
HOT TOPICS SESSION RECORDING
Joining us for this fireside chat about important issues affecting people with arthritis were Dr. Lona Sandon, from UT Southwestern Medical Center’s department of clinical nutrition, and Kollet Koulianos of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Dr. Sandon answered questions about how nutrition can help patients live their best life. Kollet shared her thoughts about navigating health insurance issues and guided the audience through scenarios people with arthritis might face when seeking care. We also reviewed Arthritis Foundation tools and resources.
LIVE YES! ARTHRITIS NETWORK VIDEO
The new Live Yes! Arthritis Network is a tremendous opportunity to grow our community. This video will inspire you to help spread the word and bring others on board.
Evening of Honors
Part 1: Evening of Honors Ceremony Recording – Nov. 9, 2018
Hosted by Pete Scalia, WBNS10TV’s morning news anchor in Columbus, Ohio, the Evening of Honors ceremony was the highlight of the weekend, honoring our most dedicated volunteers, toasting achievements and building on tradition. Part 1 includes presentation of our Corporate Impact and Champion Awards and Howley Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research; a tribute to the Jane Wyman Trust; a gift from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and entertainment by singer/songwriter Steven Battey.
Part 2: Evening of Honors Ceremony Recording – Nov. 9, 2018
Hosted by Pete Scalia, WBNS10TV’s morning news anchor in Columbus, Ohio, the Evening of Honors ceremony was the highlight of the weekend, honoring our most dedicated volunteers, toasting achievements and building on tradition. Part 2 continues our Champion Award presentations and announcement of the recipient of the year’s biggest honor: the Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service.
2018 Harding Award Presentation
At the Arthritis Foundation’s 2018 Evening of Honors, we presented the Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service to longtime volunteer Michael V. Ortman. See the announcement and acceptance remarks from Michael, who is joined on stage by many family members.
Matt Iseman Greeting
Unable to join us at this year’s Conference of Champions, comedian and TV host Matt Iseman shared this short greeting with the Evening of Honors audience.
Pete Scalia Introduction
Diagnosed with severe RA at age 30, and having undergone several joint replacement surgeries, WBNS 10TV’s “This Morning” co-anchor, Pete Scalia, is actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. In this short video, he talks about why he’s so open about the challenges of living with arthritis.
CELIA CLARK 2010 EXCERPT
This short clip from a 2010 Arthritis Foundation video illustrates the impact of a new arthritis drug on volunteer Celia Clark. The excerpt played as part of the presentation of our Corporate Impact Award to Amgen, which first brought the drug to market 20 years ago.
BE THE ONE
This video is an overview of four groundbreaking initiatives the Arthritis Foundation is spearheading to change the future of arthritis.
CALIFORNIA COAST CLASSIC
See what makes the California Coast Classic one of the Arthritis Foundation’s most popular fundraisers. This year marked the 18th anniversary of this eight-day, 533-mile biking event between San Francisco and Los Angeles. At the Evening of Honors, we recognized three special participants with our Champion Award.
EMILY'S STORY 2011 EXCERPT
This short excerpt from a 2011 Arthritis Foundation video reminds us of how devastating juvenile arthritis can be for a family. This piece played at the Evening of Honors as part of Emily Mogel’s story, told in person by her and her mother, Cindy. Emily also performed on the keyboard for the crowd.
HARDING AWARD REVEAL
Through a photo montage, this music video revealed the identity of the confidential recipient of the Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service, the Arthritis Foundation’s highest annual honor. (Music: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Rock Song)
Comcast Cable CEO David Watson offered congratulations to 2018 Harding Award recipient, Michael V. Ortman, who is a passionate volunteer, former Arthritis Foundation board chair and Comcast executive.
Saturday General Sessions
In this session, twins Annamarie and Ginamarie Russo shared their personal stories of living with RA and how their personal connection has shaped their journey with the disease. We also heard from volunteer Steve Smith about how we'll bring to life the Live Yes! Arthritis Network in local communities.
REALIZING OUR VISION TOGETHER – Nov. 10, 2018
In this session, Jeff Shuck and Jennifer Mulholland of Plenty guided us on ways to fund the mission and how to realize our vision for unlocking growth, both as individuals and as an organization.
IT ALL STARTS HERE CLOSING SESSION – Nov. 10, 2018
To close the Conference of Champions, actor Clark Middleton inspired us with his own story, from growing up as a struggling kid with JA to becoming a mainstream entertainer and actor, and how he was able to use information from the arthritis community to have better outcomes. Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Ann Palmer shared how the Live Yes! Arthritis Network is changing the future of arthritis and how each of us can be a part of this movement to improve the lives of the 54 million people suffering from some form of the disease.