Juvenile Arthritis affects an estimated 300,000 children in the United States alone (source: The Arthritis Foundation - http://www.arthritis.org). It is an incurable autoimmune disease that can have a devastating, life-long impact on children. In some cases it can be life threatening.
"Juvenile Arthritis is one of the three focus areas of the Arthritis Foundation, and an area that we direct a significant portion of our research efforts towards. Juvenile Arthritis impacts the quality of life for children, and some children will die from this disease. Research in this area is very important and discoveries may have a more wide-ranging benefit for other autoimmune diseases as well."
John H. Klippel, M.D.,
President and CEO
We have been an advocate of much-needed research and awareness in this area since 1999. Our efforts include:
Results - The Power of Supporting Dedicated, Passionate Experts
Below are a few examples of why everyone should consider providing financial support to medical professionals and institutions devoted to making a difference.
These are just a few of the many examples of the return on the "investments" made in helping find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis. Every person and every dollar makes a difference, so please consider ways of furthering these research efforts.
Nickolett Family Awards Program for JRA Research
The goal of this effort is to fund 1-year pilot projects that support a scientifically valid medical hypothesis regarding Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. During that time data is collected to support or refute (which can often be just as useful) that hypothesis. The data generated by the pilot project can then be used to support grant requests for more in-depth research with larger organizations.
Since January, 2004 we directly sponsored five pilot projects, and have provided funding for other worthy efforts outside of this grant process. Significant medical information and results have come directly out of these pilot efforts. Two of the projects have received additional funding support based on the initial efforts of the selected projects. It has been a very successful program.
"Research funding for pilot projects is essential for maintaining the pace of scientific discovery. It gives us the flexibility to explore new ideas that ultimately will lead to novel treatments for children with JRA. Private donations to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia allow our physicians and scientists to explore new hypotheses and generate the preliminary data needed to compete for larger grants that accelerate JRA research."
Terri Finkel, M.D.,
Ph.D., Chief, Division of Rheumatology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Nickolett Family Fund for Childhood Rheumatic Diseases
(Children's Hospital of Wisconsin)
Established in 1999 by Ronald (Chip) and Jacqueline Nickolett in honor of their daughter Heather. This fund supports research, education and treatment programs for various childhood rheumatic diseases. Priority is given to Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) programs and initiatives.
The Nickolett Family Fund for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) Research (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
Established in 2003 by Ronald (Chip) and Jacqueline Nickolett in honor of their daughter Heather. This fund supports research initiatives directed towards helping children afflicted with JRA.
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