Racing For A Cure Expands to Florida

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The Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure program is expanding to Florida in an effort to increase arthritis awareness across the country.

Racing For A Cure
I want to be an endurance athlete and I am not going to let rheumatoid arthritis stop me.

The Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure program is expanding to Florida thanks to Florida residents Carlota Lou and Kyle Sheehan. Sheehan, 25, is a longtime runner who was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. He is determined not to let his condition slow him down. “I want to be an endurance athlete,” Sheehan said, “and I am not going to let rheumatoid arthritis stop me.”

Sheehan is one of an estimated 50 million Americans -- including 300,000 children --affected with arthritis. With the prospect of a progressive, degenerative disease, he is confronting and conquering his pain. And, he wants to inspire others to do the same.

To make the greatest impact, Sheehan and his girlfriend, Lou, searched for a way to share his story. They found Racing For A Cure, a program designed by the Arthritis National Research Foundation to work with any person competing in any race around the world to help raise arthritis awareness. “Racing for a Cure offers a perfect opportunity to tell my story and the importance of arthritis research,” Sheehan says.

“We want people to be able to use any race -- running, biking, swimming, or walking -- to help raise awareness that millions in the United States and millions more world-wide are suffering with arthritis,” said Derek Belisle, Marketing Director for the Arthritis National Research Foundation. “And, new treatments and a cure will only happen through research.”

With the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s help, Sheehan will relate his story and experiences to the online community and build rheumatoid arthritis awareness along the way. In the face of debilitating pain, when others would quit, Sheehan keeps going. Through the ups and the downs of his disease, he keeps pushing himself. Follow his story at or


Kyle Sheehan is the author of, a blog documenting his experiences as a runner with rheumatoid arthritis. As his journey continues he will be contributing to the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s blog Since 1970, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, a tax deductible charity based in Long Beach, CA, has supported outstanding young scientists who have become innovators and leaders in the field of rheumatic disease research, autoimmunity and inflammation. From the discovery of TNF to genes involved in lupus, their research accomplishments have made an impact. ANRF’s approach is to fund the next generation of researchers to encourage their continued commitment to research in arthritis and related diseases. To help support Racing For A Cure and Arthritis Research you can make online donations at


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