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What your leadership means to people living with arthritis

“When I was at my weakest and most vulnerable, learning to cope with three types of arthritis and being told I would be wheelchair bound for the rest of my life, people from the Arthritis Society lifted me up.” 
— Cheryl Johnson, legacy donor and volunteer 

As a member of our Leadership Circle giving community, we are pleased to share an exclusive Impact in Motion report showcasing how your donations are making a huge difference for the six million Canadians living with arthritis – people like Cheryl Johnson, who was inspired to leave a gift in her Will to the Arthritis Society to help carry on our critical work long into the future. Read more about “Leave a Legacy” Month and Cheryl’s story on page 5.

Because of your support, researchers across Canada are turning your donations into discoveries, improving care today and opening the door to new treatments for the future. Your generosity also fuels critical advocacy, information and support programs that empower people like Cheryl to thrive despite the challenges of the disease.

Download Your Impact Report [PDF 940kB]

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Enough is enough: Annie Levesque’s story

Annie Lévesque, 42, is the mother of two teenagers. Diagnosed with osteoarthritis at 18 and rheumatoid arthritis at 32, she can barely walk one kilometre today – and she is still on a long wait list for joint replacement surgery. She has joined voices with 4,000 other Canadians who have called on governments to find solutions to joint replacement delays.

Read Annie Levesque’s story

Photography of Annie Levesque outside on a railroad

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Vaccines and arthritis: What you need to know

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Vaccines and arthritis: for people affected by arthritis, an episode of another illness or disease could have serious consequences. We’ve compiled a helpful list of things to consider and discuss with your healthcare provider about vaccinations.

Learn more about vaccines and arthritis

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Digging deeper to reduce joint pain

Research has shown that white blood cells, called neutrophils, can increase arthritis complications by creating a sense of pain when leaving blood vessels and invading the joints. Dr. Marie Bellio is investigating if platelets — blood cells that prevent bleeding — play a role in helping neutrophils leave blood vessels.  

Read more about Dr. Marie Bellio’s research

Photography of Dr Marie Bellio

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