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Don't donate to arthritis, donate to give Cristy a pain-free future

This holiday season, don’t donate to arthritis. Donate to the real issues people living with arthritis deal with every day. Donate to fight flare-ups, end exhaustion, and put a stop to someone’s pain.

Arthritis is more than just joint pain and it’s not just for seniors. It affects people of all ages, genders, and races. There are over 100 different types and related conditions affecting 6 million Canadians. That’s 1 in 5. And the way it affects one person can be completely different from someone else.

Cristy was diagnosed with arthritis five years ago, but she knew long before that something was wrong. She experienced pain in her hip, left shoulder and neck, but that was nothing compared to the excruciating pain in her knees.

For someone who had previously been strong, active and loved to dance and garden, the diagnosis was devastating. Cristy was forced to move and walk gingerly to avoid grinding the bones of her knees. As the disease progressed, she had to stop working. Stairs became more and more difficult, and carrying heavy loads was out of the question.

“The most difficult thing is knowing that it is not going to get better,” Cristy says. “In fact, it will continue to deteriorate with time, becoming debilitating. I am very afraid of that.”

Despite her fear, Cristy is hopeful that research funding will lead to better medications to manage arthritis. When asked what she thinks arthritis will stop her from doing, she responded with “arthritis won’t stop me. Period”. You can help make this possible.

Don’t donate to arthritis.
Donate to the real issues people living with arthritis deal with every day.

You can help empower people living with arthritis, like Cristy, through your generous support.

By giving to vital, ground-breaking research, you help researchers better understand what causes arthritis as well as how best to treat and eventually cure this debilitating disease. With your help, researchers can discover new insights into things like:

  • Why is the pain of arthritis more severe in some patients than others and how can it be diminished?
  • What can we do to maximize the success rate for joint replacement surgery?
  • How can we detect arthritis earlier and prevent irreversible damage?
  • What can we do better to help people to cope with the stress and uncertainty of arthritis pain?
  • How can we improve existing arthritis treatments, and develop effective alternative therapies with fewer side effects?
  • How can we develop treatments and cures that work best for each individual’s genetics and preferences?

Your generous gift will help researchers move closer to the answers that Canadians living with arthritis desperately need, right now. But they can’t do it without you. Please give today.

Leading The Search For A Cure

Thanks to the care and generosity of supporters like yourself, the Arthritis Society is Canada's largest charitable investor in cutting-edge arthritis research, funding more than $200 million in research projects. Whether working in the lab, the clinic, or alongside people living with arthritis in their everyday lives, researchers are turning your support into discoveries to help improve care for people with arthritis today, while searching for a cure for tomorrow.

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