JointHealth™ express   May 18, 2017

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day – Race is on!

Join the "virtual" race to increase public awareness of autoimmune arthritis

May 20 is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD). The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis established this commemorative date back in 2012. The virtual event unites dozens of nonprofits, advocates, and experts from around the world to provide educational and awareness information to patients, their supporters, and the general public.

Participants and partner organizations will participate in a virtual global race where they will visit social media and organizational websites and resources. WAAD is hosted on May 20th for the duration of all Time Zones (May 19th 6am EST – May 21st 5am EST). You can participate online on Facebook and Twitter and follow the event’s hashtag #WAAD17. On race day, help Team ACE win the race and spread awareness: For 2017, WAAD is putting the “AUTO” in AUTOimmune and AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Awareness. It will be an online awareness event designed to mimic an actual car race, complete with live breaking news, rallies (awareness posts), two dozen Nonprofit “Race Teams” and additional information kiosks (including one hosted by WEGO Health). This 47-hour event aims to bring awareness to those autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases with arthritis as a major component. A feature focus will be to differentiate this type from the more common version of arthritis – osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis (#ArthritisHasTypes).

This year the event is taking awareness to the next level, as it will tie awareness efforts into the racing community - from race car drivers to NASCAR® sponsors to racing equipment manufacturers to the Michelin® Man, #WAAD17 is sure to educate a whole new group of people who won't see it coming.

Partner groups, to list a few, include Arthritis Consumer Experts/JointHealth™, the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis (IFAA), Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, Arthritis New Zealand, the International Still's Disease Foundation, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Canadian Spondylitis Association, Creaky Joints, Lupus UK, International Pain Foundation, the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, and the European League Against Rheumatism.

To learn more about the event, please click here. Join the conversation on Facebook at and, and Twitter @WAutoimmuneAD and @ACEJointHealth by using the hashtag #WAAD17.