The Arthritis Foundation's mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Since 1948, the Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure; fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.
• 670,000 adults live with doctor-diagnosed arthritis every day in Connecticut
• More than 3,400 doctor-diagnosed children live with arthritis every day in Connecticut
• $1.8 million dollars went to research in the New England Region during 2014
Cost to American Families
• Juvenile Arthritis is the 2nd most common chronic childhood disease behind asthma
• Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes
• Pain, fatigue, and inflammation can limit everyday activities, from simple tasks, like bathing and dressing, to the ability to maintain employment or live independently.
• Caring for a family member with a prolonged or chronic illness is stressful and draining -- mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.
The Arthritis Foundation Helps
The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. Through the support of more than 600,000 volunteers, the Foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing health education; and advocating for improved access to treatments for those with arthritis. We support families affected by Juvenile Arthritis by offering them Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs, Family Days, Arthritis Camp and an Annual National Juvenile Arthritis Conference.