W​orld A​UTOimmune and AUTOinflammatory A​rthritis D​ay (#WAAD18) begins on May 20 and U.S. Pain is part of a 47-hour long, online “auto” race around the world of social media and the internet. The “Race to Fuel Awareness” works to educate individuals about autoimmune and autoinflammatory arthritis and the conditions associated with both.

Why WAAD is important? Raising awareness about diseases that are often very similar in presentation, symptoms, and treatments will bring attention to this group of diseases. We will have a special focus on the type of arthritis associated with autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. Understanding this very important connection can help expedite early detection, referrals, diagnosis, and treatments in order to prevent unnecessary, irreversible damage and disability.

The official start time to #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness is May 19 at 6 am EST at which time, U.S. Pain will begin racing around the web to earn “miles” by sharing information about autoimmune and autoinflammatory arthritis. You can help Team U.S. Pain add mileage (and points) and drive our car into first place by liking, sharing, tweeting, and tagging us in all of your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to tag U.S. Pain (@USPainFoundation) and include the hashtag #WAAD18 in each of your posts. Our goal is to drive a minimum of 10,000 miles over the 47-hour timeframe, so we are going to need your help.

The checkered flag will fly on May 21 at 5 am EST, bringing a close to the race.

To learn more about World Autoimmune Arthritis day and become a driver for U.S. Pain, please visit: http://www.worldautoimmunearthritisday.org/.