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)
  • 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 Patient Advocate Race and the Nonprofit Race will be announced online, May 21st at 1pm EST/USA on the official WAAD Facebook and Twitter pages. 


United Advocacy Australia: Led by the ultimate rheumatoid arthritis advocate from the land down under, she's a firecracker ready to take WAAD18 by storm! http://unitedadvocacyaustralia.wordpress.com


RA Diabetes If you have Arthritis, Diabetes or both this is the team for you!  Rick, living with RA, Type 1 Diabetes , and most recently an added diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), he's ready to peel out and burn some rubber to raise awareness for all who are living with multiple autoimmune conditions.   www.RADiabetes.com


All Flared Up! An Arthritis Blog: Living Rather Than Wallowing  Amanda still loves being active and has been accused of being a girly girl with the mouth of Simon Cowell - so watch out competitors!  With a combination like that who knows what we are in for in #WAAD18?!  https://allflaredup.wordpress.com/

As My Joints Turn: My Autoimmune Soap Opera - A hilarious blogger and advocate, whose ridden the wavy autoimmune road for years, diagnoses changing as fast as, well, a soap opera story line.  Plus, she has an autoimmune sidekick DOG, Georgia!  Will this dynamic duo take it all in 2018?  https://asmyjointsturn.com/


Float Like a Buttahfly: Give up being a caterpillar. Fly to new heights ... with me!!  She's a glass half full kind of girl who aims to kick Sarcoidosis awareness down the track and back!  http://floatlikeabuttahfly.blogspot.com/


RA Chicks: Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis Don't let the name fool you, Roosters are welcome in this popular support site too!  Niki "our favorite RA Chicken" is planning to lead the whole flock of chicks on the path to a WAAD18 victory!   http://rachicks.com/


It's Just a Bad Day, Not a Bad Life - "Don't ever let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life! In order to get the good, we must take the bad as well!" Julie, a person living with psoriatic arthritis, is positive....positively dangerous when it comes to winning WAAD18.  Watch out, folks, she's in it to win it!   http://www.itsjustabadday.com/

2018 patient advocate race teams 

winning the official #waad18 Race to fuel awareness




Rare Autoinflammatory Conditions Community UK (RACC UK) - If you have an Autoinflammatory Condition this team is for you! We're a UK-based support group for people with any Autoinflammatory Condition! Team Captains Zoe and Melanie are looking for drivers. Is this team right for you? Keep an eye out for Team RACC UK, they might just take it all in #WAAD18!! https://twitter.com/raccuk


Secret Psoriatic Arthritis Business- This onine Facebook support group is one of the best out there for PsA and related diseases.  They are a great group of spirited individuals ready to fuel awareness to next levels! https://www.facebook.com/groups/115218711916056/

World AUTOimmune & AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day

May 20th, 2018

International Still's Disease Support Center: Originally a group created by the former International Still's Disease Foundation, although the nonprofit dissolved the support is still going strong - and they are "fired up" to blaze awareness about Still's this #WAAD18. https://www.facebook.com/groups/StillsDisease/

The Official 2018 Patient Advocate Race Teams have started warming up to participate in the Official #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness.    Those who form Patient Advocate Teams are those who lead patient groups, write blogs, or any other type of leadership where they may have a following. They have united with dozens of others, including the Official Nonprofit Race Teams,  to collectively raise our goal of 100,000 awareness miles during this 47 hour online, virtual AUTO race.  Learn more about how you can help them 'drive' awareness...and potentially WIN WAAD18!