Thursday, August 18, 2011

Keep Arthritis Funding Off The Chopping Block

Congress is heading into very difficult budget negotiations.  I know everyone wants funding for their disease.  Who can say funding for Alzhiemers is more important than funding for cancer?  I think it is all important.  Some facts to remember about Arthritis:
  • Arthritis costs our nation $128 billion annually.  An investment in arthritis research will pay dividends in the future.
  • Congress plans to cut $1.2 trillion in federal spending by November and needs to know that Americans value research funding.
  • Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability
  • 50 million Americans—one in five adults—have arthritis.
  • Within 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 67 million adults or 25% of the population will have arthritis. 
  • Arthritis limits the daily activities of 21 million Americans and accounts for $128 billion annually in economic costs.
  • Arthritis afflicts 300,000 children in the U.S.
  • If we don't stand up for arthritis research, who will?
If you have a moment, Sign the Petition and tell Congress not to cut funding for Arthritis Research!

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