World Arthritis Day – October 12, 2012

Being a patient of Grade IV (severe) osteoarthritis, arthritis awareness is one of my favorite causes.

World Arthritis Day is celebrated October 12 of each year to raise awareness about more than 200 diseases, various types of arthritis, systemic connective tissue diseases, including many rare forms.

About World Arthritis Day:

World Arthritis Day was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is celebrated each year on 12 October.

Now, people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) from around the world can join together to make their voices heard on this day. World Arthritis Day is an ideal focus for organisations to raise awareness of issues affecting people with RMDs and for individuals to support campaigns.

Although October 12 is the official World Arthritis Day, this is a year round campaign.

The aims of World Arthritis Day are:

To raise awareness of RMDs amongst the medical community, people with RMDs and the general public
To influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs and the steps which can be taken to ease it
To ensure all people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of the vast support network available to them.

Also enjoy the animated Waving for World Arthritis Day video:

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