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:

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!