As the first annual Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM) comes to an end, we could not be more excited to see how many people have joined the cause to raise awareness!
From our Advocates for Arthritis event in Washington, D.C. to #RheumSelfies posted on social media, rheumatologists and patient advocates have played an important role in educating lawmakers, the media, and the general public about rheumatic diseases and the 52.5 million Americans who live with them.
Below are just a few statistics that demonstrate the success of RDAM 2016:
- 38,000,000+ Views of our public service announcement featuring Jennie Garth
- 500+ Emails sent to lawmakers about policy issues related to rheumatic diseases
- 93 Advocates who flew to Washington, D.C. for the Advocates for Arthritis fly-in with ACR
- 116 Senate and House offices visited during Advocates for Arthritis
- 54 Blog posts, press releases, letters to the editor, and news articles published about RDAM in September
- 860+ People who have used the official #RDAM hashtag on Twitter
- 200+ People who participated in the first three #RheumChats of RDAM (and we have one more this Thursday!)
From all of us at the American College of Rheumatology and Simple Tasks, we want to thank you for helping to raise awareness about rheumatic disease and sharing your personal stories throughout September. We hope you’ll continue to join us in raising awareness all year round!