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    Arthritis Doesn't Stop This Supporter

    Cynthia Nagel

    Cynthia Nagel

    Cynthia Nagel was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 65 years ago, at age 27. "After learning of my diagnosis, I went home and cried for four hours and thought my life was over," she says.

    At that time, there were very few treatments available for individuals with arthritis, as compared to the many different biologic medications that exist today. Cynthia was a competitive swimmer in college, and she has always enjoyed exercising, especially riding her bicycle. She was determined to continue to live life to the fullest despite the challenges she faced.

    Cynthia has had 14 joint surgeries and still has issues with her hands, but that does not stop her from swimming three days a week and riding her Peloton bike. After her late husband retired from the architecture firm he started, they took all their vacations by bicycle. She has toured all 50 states and 25 countries. In her opinion, one way to manage her arthritis is with exercise.

    Shortly after her diagnosis, she got involved at the Craft Shop at the local office located in Denver, Colorado. She was asked to become a member of the Craft Shop board and then was asked to serve on the local board. She would go on to chair the local board. Early on, she took a self-help class from the Arthritis Foundation and enjoyed it so much that she became a trainer, traveling to different locations teaching this class. Volunteering has always been a large part of life, and she has helped many nonprofits over the years.

    Cynthia is grateful for all the Arthritis Foundation has done for her over the years and all the wonderful things it does for individuals with all forms of arthritis. Many people think arthritis just affects older adults, but individuals of all ages can be diagnosed with this disease. She also wants everyone to know that just because you look healthy, it does not mean you are not dealing at times with the chronic pain that arthritis often brings.

    When asked why she supports the Arthritis Foundation, Cynthia says, "When you find an organization that is doing good work and helping so many people, it simply feels good to be part of it."

    In addition to supporting the Arthritis Foundation through annual donations, Cynthia has also decided to leave the Arthritis Foundation in her trust. This gift will help ensure her good work continues into the future.

    Like Cynthia, you can make a future gift to the Arthritis Foundation to help more individuals live a better life. Contact the Arthritis Foundation at [email protected] or 866-528-8687 to discuss your charitable giving options.

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    Ways to Give

    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

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    Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

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    Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

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    Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Give Just 10 Minutes.

    Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

    By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

    Your shared experiences will help:

    - Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
    - Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
    - Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

    Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

    Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

    How are you changing the future?

    By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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    Meet Our Partners

    As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


    Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


    Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


    Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


    Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


    Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


    Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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