Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

Patients & Families


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Learn about current research aiming to improve the lives of these patients living with rheumatic disease with funding from the Rheumatology Research Foundation.


Sarah Cordrick

“I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis for almost two years. I feel relatively decent most days, but I haven’t gotten to a place where I can work out, run or even lift weights again. I am hopeful that I will find something that will be successful for me and my family. I’ve been on several different medications to date. Some help alleviate swelling, but it’s not a long-term solution.”


Kasey Gardiner, an RA patient

Kasey Gardiner

“About 9 months after my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, I went into remission. Then, a lump the size of a softball appeared on my chest."


Melanie Mullikin

"When I was practically crawling, I went to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with severe rheumatoid arthritis."


Ally Kopec

"When I first started experiencing symptoms, I was told I had growing pains."


A young femaie holds the inflamed hands of a man with rheumatoid arthritis.

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