Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation.
Relapsing Polychondritis (RP) is a rare (and in some cases fatal) autoimmune disease characterized by recurrent widespread inflammation of different body areas – in particular, the tissue around the joints called cartilage. Cartilage is a firm tissue, softer than bone, found in several areas of the body such as the joints, nose, and ear. Is also found in the trachea and airways.
Autoimmune disease is an inflammatory condition where the body attacks its own healthy cells, believing them to be foreign. The exact mechanism of RP is unknown, but different studies have found elevation of certain antibodies against collagen in some patients with RP, suggesting that there is an autoimmune component.
RP can affect many parts of the body including the ears, nose, airways, joints, eyes, kidneys, and blood vessels. Because RP is a “relapsing” condition, it can improve for a period of time and then worsen, marking it difficult to diagnose.
For more information, please visit: www.polychondritis.org, www.raceforrp.org
Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute.
A New Approach To Autoimmune Disease Care
The AHNAI is the first of its kind in the world. They are rethinking how people with autoimmune disorders receive care, while raising the bar for that care.
From medical records to medication lists, their specialists coordinate your comprehensive care plan and address all the ways your autoimmune disease may affect your health.
At the Autoimmunity Institute, you can see more than one specialist in a single visit. Their physicians care for patients in locations throughout western Pennsylvania.
Their full-time research team studies promising new therapies and better lab rotary tests to diagnose, monitor and treat autoimmune diseases more quickly and accurately.
As a world-class, first-of-its-kind facility, the AHN Autoimmunity Institute has exam rooms, an infusion suite, and a research team all in one newly designed, transformative space.
For more information, please visit: www.ahnn.org
"I didn't get to where I am on my own. It was the help of many, and I am forever grateful. Now, it's my turn to repay the favour.”
- KYLE MARCELLI
As a brand ambassador of Race For RP and Autoimmunity Racing, it's my goal to drive awareness, education and fundraising.
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With your help, we can get one step closer to a cure.
Thank You Kindly,