I respect science.
Scientists are skilled innovators, inventors, and passionate people, who are sometimes eccentric, but always looking to solve the ordinary and on the occasion, the extraordinary.
If someone asked me, in this moment of time, what disease would I want science to cure? I would selfishly reply, arthritis.
Well for starters, there is no cure.
Secondly, both my grand-mum and my mum have osteoarthritis (a degenerative joint disease).
Thirdly, as someone who’s suffered six broken bones over the years, I know how agonizing it can be to live with that constant ‘bone’ pain.
What is Arthritis?
Without going into detail, I will brief you on the two most common types:
Rheumatoid Arthritis: A persistent and progressive disease in which the immune system attacks the joints. It is characterized by pain, inflammation and swelling of the joints, stiffness and loss of mobility.
Osteoarthritis: Chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints and the most common form of arthritis occurring usually after middle age.
To make matters worse, Arthritis isn’t only limited to ‘old people’.
Young people can get it too.
In fact, I personally know that the founder of E.A.F (Emirates Arthritis Foundation), and one of only two people running the entire organization, contracted Arthritis when she was only 2 years old.
Leading me to why I am writing this article.
“Our vision is a future free from arthritis.
We’re working to take the pain away for sufferers of all forms of arthritis and helping people to remain active. We’ll do this by funding high class research, providing information and campaigning.
Everything we do is underpinned by research.”
Here’s a video outlining Arthritis Research UK’s 10 Goals
Currently they are funding 275 grants worth £78.5 million ($126.4m)
Another thing I admire about the organization (just like many of the amazing initiatives we cover), is how open and transparent they are with the way they’re spending our donations.
However, this isn’t what makes the organization so special. What I find really remarkable is how they manage to get everyone else involved.
Whether you give them a one-off donation or a monthly Direct Debit, whether you want to run a marathon or host a coffee morning, whether you want to give them your old mobile phone or help by going shopping – Arthritis Research UK has a way for anyone and everyone to contribute.
Here’s a list of some more amazing ways you can get involved:
Adventure (Whitewater rafting, parachuting, climbing Kilimanjaro, River Tyne Zip Wire)
Running (Bupa Great Manchester Run, Bupa Run 10,000, adidas Women’s 5k Challenge)
Cycling (Cycle India, Cycle Kenya, Cycle London to Paris, Cycle 5 countries & Cycle Death Valley)
Trekking (Trek the Inca Trail, Trek the Great Wall of China, Trek Jordan)
Marathons (Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon, the Brighton Marathon, Virgin London Marathon)
As a bonus, their website is “Accessible”
For those who aren’t aware, the blind, deaf and dumb also access the web for their needs and information.
The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) encourages ALL websites to make themselves accessible, through smart layouts and development. This is not very easy and is often overlooked by many for that reason.
So I am thankful that Arthritis Research UK have taken that step and made their website accessible to all.
After looking at them through my magnifying lens, I have decided that I want to support the Arthritis Research UK organization.
Not just because they help to improve the lives of millions of arthritis sufferers, fund research that benefits us all, and make it fun for everyone to get involved, but because they are wholeheartedly seeking a cure for Arthritis.
I respect science, but now, I also respect Arthritis Research UK.
Update: I’ve decided to raise £3000 for Arthritis Research UK.