What Is Relapsing Polychondritis?

Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is a systemic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that can be fatal. The disease affects multiple organs, particularly cartilaginous structures such as the ears, nose, airways and joints as well as eyes, skin, heart valves and brain.

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  • 20 Sep 2019

    NMU School of Nursing Autoimmunity Symposium

    The Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation is pleased to join the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Autoimmunity Institute and the American Autoimmune Related…

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Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, spouse or significant other, parent or other family member of a patient, we are here to help.

We are a patient-founded and patient-driven 501(c)3 non-profit foundation which strives to raise awareness about RP and educate the public, as well as represent patients to the global medical community and support medical research toward a cure.

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Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation

Congratulations to Race for RP driver Jon Morley and co-driver Gavin Ernstone for your breakthrough P1 WIN in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. It was an impressive 12th-to-1st performance driving the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing Audi RS3 LMS to victory in the TCR class. Coming into yesterday’s race with a class-leading 4 podium finishes, this P1 WIN and 5th Podium finish of the season moves the team into third place in the Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR standings, just 14 points behind the leaders. Jon Morley is a dedicated supporter of the Race for Relapsing Polychondritis program and carried our logo on the front of his helmet for the world to see. Thank you for driving awareness and accelerating research for relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune diseases. Tune in or set your DVRs for the national broadcast of the race on NBCSN which will air this Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. ET. For our community of relapsing polychondrits and autoimmune disease patients, this WIN is for you! Share this post with your friends and family as we strive to raise awareness and advance research for RP and all autoimmune diseases. #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #IMPC ... See MoreSee Less

Look out for the KohR Motorsports No. 59 Ford Mustang GT4 sporting the Race for RP livery, driving awareness and accelerating research for relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune diseases in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Green flag drops today at 5:55pm ET live on www.IMSA.tv

#RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #IMPC Airbnb #Autoimmune #AutoimmuneDisease A Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases
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Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation

Tune in today at 5:55pm ET on IMSA.tv to follow all of the racing action. See details below.Today is the penultimate round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Watch it live from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on IMSA.tv beginning at 5:55pm ET. The Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis" will have an incredible presence in this race, raising awareness about relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune diseases. Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy Racing will pilot the KohR Motorsports No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4, coming off of a recent win at VIRginia International Raceway. In addition, KohR Motorsports will also be running the No. 59 Ford Mustang GT4 , which is adorned in a Race for RP livery, featuring Airbnb and carrying the Race for RP logo in the highly visible front quarter panels. Good luck to the co-drivers, Ari Balohg and Greg Liefooghe. GS Championship point leaders Jeff Westphal and Tyler McQuarrie will look to extend their lead and are chasing another podium finish in the Carbahn Autoworks Peregrine Racing No. 39 Audi R8 LMS GT4 which carries the Race for RP logo. And Race for RP driver Jon Morley with co-driver Gavin Ernstone will be running the No. 61 Audi RS3 in the TCR class. Good luck to all of the Race for Relapsing Polychondritis drivers and teams. Thank you for driving awareness and accelerating research for relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune diseases. #IMSA #IMPC #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis Dean Martin ... See MoreSee Less

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Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation

Thank you, KohR Motorsports! Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis" is thrilled to be a part of both the No. 60 and the stunning new No. 59 Airbnb Ford Mustang GT4 sporting the Race for RP livery.

It is going to be an exciting race and you will surely have relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune disease community cheering you on!

Kyle Marcelli Nate Stacy Racing IMSA MichelinKohR Motorsports is westbound with the #60 & #59 GT4 Mustangs this weekend with drivers Nate Stacy, Kyle Marcelli, Ari Balogh & Gregory Liefooghe. The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge is taking place at the rolling hills of Salinas, California for the annual Monterey Grand Prix weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Qualifying is ‪Saturday at 1:50 PM ET‬. The two-hour Pilot Challenge race – the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 – goes green ‪on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. ET‬ Follow the race with live streaming on ‪IMSA.tv‬ with IMSA Radio commentary.
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Thank you, KohR Motorsports!  Race for RP - Relapsing Polychondritis is thrilled to be a part of both the No. 60 and the stunning new No. 59 Airbnb Ford Mustang GT4 sporting the Race for RP livery.

It is going to be an exciting race and you will surely have relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune disease community cheering you on!  

Kyle Marcelli Nate Stacy Racing IMSA Michelin

3 days ago

Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation

In 1 week the Northern Michigan University Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in conjunction with Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis" will bring together word-class researchers and distinguished experts in autoimmunity for A Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases. September 20, 2019 - 12:30pm at Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU. This is a free symposium and open to the public, subject to registration by 9/15/19. To register, please visit email bsnnurse@nmu.edu or call (906) 227-6834. Intended to reach primary care physicians, advanced practice providers and registered nurses, the symposium offers 3 complimentary nursing CEU’s from the NMU School of Nursing or 3 CME’s courtesy of UP Health System - Marquette. Here is a look at our distinguished keynote speakers. Emily Somers, PhD, ScM Dr. Somers specializes in autoimmune diseases, particularly lupus, with her work spanning epidemiologic, clinical and translational research, including the design and conduct of clinical trials. She has performed leading population-based studies of lupus epidemiology in the USA and Europe. She directs the Michigan Lupus Epidemiology & Surveillance (MILES) Program, which includes a state-of-the-art Registry, Longitudinal Cohort and Biobank designed to investigate risk factors for the development and progression of SLE. She also served on the expert committee that recently developed the first-ever National Public Health Agenda for Lupus. Dr. Somers received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Population Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2006, an Sc.M. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1999, and a B.S. in Biology and Music from the University of Michigan in 1997. Susan Manzi, MD, MPH Dr. Manzi serves as Chair of the Allegheny Health Network Medicine Institute and Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Board of Directors. Dr. Manzi cares for patients from around the world who travel to Pittsburgh seeking her expertise in the diagnosis and management of hard-to-treat autoimmune conditions, particularly lupus. As a leader in her field, she has played a critical role in advancing quality, innovation and best practices that have significantly improved the treatment of patients with autoimmune illnesses. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed a medical internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology in Pittsburgh, and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Joseph Ahearn, MD Dr. Ahearn serves as Chair of the Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute. He graduated with academic distinction from Cornell University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he received the Johns Hopkins Medical Society Student Research Award for his research related to lupus. Dr. Ahearn completed his medical internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, during which time he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national medical honor society. He completed his fellowship in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. We are committed to advancing a broader conversation to transform the diagnosis and care of patients with autoimmune diseases. We continue our collaborative approach driving innovative research, education and supporting clinical trials in our relentless pursuit of a cure. NMU School of Nursing Allegheny Health Network American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #AutoimmuneDisease #AutoimmuneDiseases #Autoimmune #Autoimmunity Lupus Foundation of America Autoimmune Wellness Autoimmune Disease List Autoimmune Disease on The Mighty Celiac Disease Foundation RheumatoidArthritis.net Crohn's & Colitis Foundation ... See MoreSee Less

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@FriendsAtNIH’s annual gala Friends' Night Out will be on Thursday October 24 2019 at 6:00pm. Race for RP and @RPASF_Official are pleased to sponsor Friends’ Night Out, celebrating 35 years of hope and discovery. Info at https://t.co/lcjTuABfEi #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis

We’re looking forward to watching the national broadcast of the Michelin Pilot Challenge from @roadamerica. #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #AutoimmuneDisease #Autoimmune #imsa #impc @RPASF_Official @WestphalRacing @KyleMarcelli

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”TODAY! Watch and/or DVR the thrilling #IMPC race from @RoadAmerica at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. #IMSA / #RoadAmerica / @MichelinUSA”

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We're excited to share our new video, #RaceforRP at the #Indy500. #RelapsingPolychondritis #AutoimmuneDisease #Autoimmune #Lupus #Psoriasis #RheumatoidArthritis #Vasculitis #Celiac #Crohns #IndyCar @AARDATweets @Scuderia_Corsa @IndyCaronNBC @IMS @IndyCar

Race for Relapsing Polychondritis at the 2019 Indianapolis 500

On May 26, 2019 relapsing polychondritis (RP) and autoimmune disease awareness rose to a new level during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. I...

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Forgeline Connects Own 25th Anniversary to IMSA 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Thank you @WestphalRacing for sporting the Race for RP #RelapsingPolychondritis logo on the side of the No. 39 Audi R8 GT4 and driving awareness during the @IMSA @MichelinRaceUSA Pilot Challenge at @CTMPOfficial , co-driven by @tylermcquarrie. @MichelinUSA #RaceforRP #CTMPLife

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