why is awareness important

World Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day is an annual event established in 2012 by the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis (IFAA) to raise global awareness about autoimmune & autoinflammatory diseases with arthritis as a major component("autoimmune arthritis", "autoinflammatory arthritis"). Originally the event was hosted as an online convention; however, in 2014 the theme changed to a virtual "auto" race around the world via social media (Facebook & Twitter), with dozens of nonprofit organizations globally participating as the Race Teams.  


In 2018, we are yet again advancing our awareness efforts to next levels by declaring an Official #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness and inviting not only nonprofits to join forces, but this year patient Bloggers and Support Groups are also invited to participate.  So there will be double the awareness! 

When is WAAD?

WAAD is hosted on May 20th for the duration of all Time Zones (May 19th 6am EST - May 21st 5am EST).  So it is 47 consecutive hours of awareness! Translate the start time to your time zone. The green flag will wave to start the race at the onset of World AUTOimmune & AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day 2018 - 6am EST/USA May 19th, which is when the first time zone strikes midnight on May 20th - and the checkered flag will wave when May 20th officially ends in the last time zone globally (5am EST/USA May 21st).  

​​What is WAAD?​

The goal for 'winning' #WAAD18 is to collectively, as a community, drive 100,000 'miles' of awareness globally.  However, we also recognize those teams that really went all out to ensure awareness is fueled to next levels.  Therefore, in addition to a community celebration of our collaborative success, the top three Nonprofit and Patient Advocate Teams will "win" the event.  They will receive:


  • A racing trophy (real and graphic to post on website/page)
  • Patient Advocate Team Leaders only: An Amazon gift card ($150 1st place, $100 2nd place, $75 3rd place)
  • Feature in the #WAAD18 report, distributed to various stakeholders (including patients, pharmaceutical, and non-pharmaceutical partners.


Winners of both the Blogger/Support Group Race and the Nonprofit Race will be announced online, May 21st at 1pm EST/USA on the official WAAD Facebook and Twitter pages. 




winning the official #waad18 Race to fuel awareness

how to participate

WAAD18 Healthcare Calendar Listings

World Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day's Online Race to Fuel Awareness would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors:

World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day is recognized on the following calendars internationally:


About.com

American Institute for Preventative Medicine

Australian Government Department of Health & Aging

Better Health Channel
Care Aware Calendar
Charity Village
Chases Calendar of Events 2016
Deblin Design Cause Awareness Calendar
Department of Health-Australia
Disabled World
Food and Health Communications

Health Awareness Project


World AUTOimmune & AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day

May 20th, 2018

If you are interested in raising awareness for autoimmune &/or autoinflammatory diseases with arthritis as a major component, this day is for you!  Learn more how to participate in this virtual, online Race to Fuel Awareness:

Understanding the differences in the public - from peers/family/friends to policy makers to practitioners - will only lead to more research dollars, earlier detection, diagnosis, and treatments, and less frustration for those patients who constantly have to explain that their 'arthritis' is not the same as the more commonly understood degenerative arthritis.

Health Canada
National Health Information Center
National Wellness Institute
Newswise

Power of Pain Foundation
Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development
Third Sector Awareness Dates
Time and Date
WEGO Health
Wellness Council of America
What Health

Work Smart, Live Smart


WAAD18 supporters