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The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
Did You Know
Fifty million Americans are affected by some form of arthritis
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in theUnited States
More than half of those affected are under age 65
Over 4.1 million Texans including more than 460,000 inSan Antonioendure the pain and suffering of arthritis
Nationally, 300,000 children have Juvenile Arthritis including nearly 25,000 inTexasand an estimated 2,800 in theSan Antonioarea
There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, an auto-immune disease
Our major focus is on patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Juvenile Arthritis
Arthritis Foundation efforts center on the three-fold mission of the organization: prevention, control and cure through research, public health, and advocacy. Raising awareness leads to early diagnosis, early intervention, and can slow down the progression of the disease. In many cases it can save lives.
Research to Find a Cure
Locally we support a peer reviewed research program
Nationally more than $10 million is spent annually on research
Locally we provide educational forums and a speaker's bureau
We distribute materials in response to hundreds of requests each month
We train instructors for exercise programs held all over theSouth Texasarea
Locally and nationally, we advocate for legislation that will improve the lives of those who suffer and that will fund research to find a cure