Foundations are set up to educate, raise awareness and raise funding for various causes. In the medical field, foundations are typically set up to help educate the public about medical conditions and to help raise funding for research into treatments and cures.
Arthritis, a rheumatoid disease with at least one hundred known types, has many different foundations. The main foundation, the National Arthritis Foundation works to educate and fund research for all arthritis types. They offer patient and family information for arthritis sufferers and contact information to help find local resources. They also raise money to fund research and help subsidize patient programs where needed.
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Alliance is a community within the Arthritis Foundation that is dedicated to sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. This alliance educates the community on the effects of RA. They work toward changing the way RA sufferers are looked at and by helping them to have a voice in the community and in their treatment.
The National Fibromyalgia Foundation is a foundation for sufferers of this mysterious illness that does not have a specific cause or specific signs or symptoms. It is more of a collection of signs and symptoms that happen together. The NFA offers support and information to these people as well as raising money for research into treatment for fibromyalgia.
The American Juvenile Arthritis Organization, an arthritis alliance foundation focused on the more than 300,000 juveniles with arthritis was approved to be independent of the Arthritis Foundation in 2006. This foundation is connected with the arthritis community through the Arthritis website and its leaders are made up of members of the Arthritis Foundation. The focus of the AJAO is the improvement of the health of children with arthritis and to continued and expanded research for a cure.
The Lupus Foundation of America works to help people understand this baffling auto-immune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the joints and muscles. In some people lupus is mild while in others it is chronic and life threatening. Lupus is an inflammatory disease which places it in the arthritis category. The Lupus Foundation helps families cope with their disease as researchers work towards a cure.
If you have arthritis you can rely on the Arthritis Foundation or one of its counterparts to help you learn about your illness and keep up with current research and news.