As many of you may know, I am a volunteer for IAAM, which is the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement. Our great leader was finally sent the official paperwork granting the organization non-profit status! How best to begin raising funds for a non-profit that is just starting out? How about an art auction with all pieces created by sufferers or people affected by different forms of autoimmune arthritis? If you are in the market for some original artwork, you are looking to donate to a good cause, you would like to show support or any combination of these, you can see the artwork donated to IAAM here. If you are interested in learning more about IAAM, or would like to volunteer, go here.
IAAM focuses on bringing awareness to chronic, debilitating, "invisible" diseases that are autoimmune in nature and have arthritis as a primary feature. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus/ Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis and Scleroderma are all included. When a person says, "I have arthritis", the likely responses are likely to be similar to "yeah, I have that, too. I take Aleve for it", or "you should eat more vegetables". People don't understand that these are serious Autoimmune diseases. These aren't like what you got from riding your bike too much!
Our fearless leader writes this in an email: