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Arthritis Foundation


The only national nonprofit organization that supports the more than 100 types of ARTHRITIS and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services, and research. The foundation also supports a special council devoted to juvenile arthritis, called the AMERICAN JUVENILE ARTHRITIS ORGANIZATION. Since 1948 the foundation has spent more than $244 million to support some 2,000 scientists and physicians in arthritis research. Organized as the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, the organi-zation’s name was changed in 1964 to the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis Foundation efforts center on the threefold mission of the organization: research, prevention, and quality of life. The Arthritis Foundation currently provides nearly $20 million in grants to nearly 300 researchers to help find a cure, prevention, or better treatment for arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation’s sponsorship of research for more than 50 years has resulted in major treatment advances for most arthritis diseases. The foundation offers videotapes, brochures, and booklets about arthritis and publishes a national, bimonthly consumer magazine, Arthritis Today. In addition, the Arthritis Foundation provides community-based services nationwide, including self-help courses, water- and land-based exercise classes, support and home study groups, and continuing education courses and publications for health professionals.