The Arthritis Foundation bestowed its highest nationwide honors to several deserving recipients during its national meeting on November 18 in Beverly Hill, CA. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information. It relies heavily on volunteers, for fundraising as well as patient assistance.
This year’s honorees included:
Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service. Pamela R. Massey was honored with the Foundation’s highest nationwide volunteer award. This annual award recognizes a volunteer who has “provided leadership and direction to the Arthritis Foundation, given their time and talent generously to help others, and challenged other foundation volunteers to be their best.” Massey has served the Arthritis Foundation in various capacities for more than 35 years, including sitting on the national board of directors.
Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Research. The Howley Prize recognizes researchers whose contributions during the previous five years have represented a significant advancement in the understanding, treatment or prevention of arthritis. Dr. Alisa E. Koch of the University of Michigan and Dr. Andrew D. Luster of Massachusetts General Hospital were name 2011 co-winners for arthritis research.
The Floyd B. Odlum Making a Difference Award. The Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity received this award that recognizes major contributions and achievements that have advanced the mission of the Arthritis Foundation, The award honors an individual, organization, corporation or government agency that has helped to make a difference in the lives of people and families with arthritis.
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest.
As an Arthritis Foundation spokesperson said, “Twisting off the top of a pill bottle, using scissors, gripping a pen – these are all things that most of us take for granted, unless you have arthritis.” I can help with that third thing – gripping a pen is easy, comfortable, even relaxing, when you use my ergonomic pen. That’s because the scientifically-designed UGLee Pen grips you, instead. If you or someone you know suffers from arthritis, tell them about the UGLee Pen – it’s a big help for all handwriting needs.