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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    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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    We strive to provide news related to our progress and efforts as a foundation, important updates and accomplishments of our affiliated and partnership organizations as well as pertinent news we believe impacts patients within the autoimmune disease community and beyond. The sharing or posting of any news does not imply an endorsement of related statistics or confirmation of medical research or information.

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    Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation

    Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis"
    The Race for RP and the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation support the Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute. The race to cure autoimmune diseases requires teamwork, expertise, focus, determination, and timely action. The AHN Autoimmunity Institute is dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of all autoimmune diseases, by focusing on coordinated care and promoting collaboration among teams of experts. #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #DrivingAwareness #AcceleratingResearch #Autoimmunity #AutoimmuneDisease #Autoimmune #IMSA #IMPC #Rolex24 Allegheny Health Network American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) IMSA Michelin KohR Motorsports Kyle Marcelli Nate Stacy Racing
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    Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation

    Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis"
    As we gear up for race week in Daytona, here’s a look back at Road Atlanta and the final round of the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. ⠀⠀ KohR Motorsports drives awareness about relapsing polychondritis (RP) and accelerates research on this debilitating autoimmune disease, which attacks the patient’s cartilage. Go KohR Motorsports! #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #DrivingAwareness #Autoimmune #AutoimmuneDisease #AcceleratingResearch #IMSA #IMPC #Rolex24 KohR Motorsports Kyle Marcelli Nate Stacy Racing IMSA Michelin Daytona International Speedway Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation
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    The Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation and Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis" in conjunction with the Northern Michigan University NMU School of Nursing, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), TV6, and Fox Upper Peninsula, presented a remarkably successful Autoimmune Disease Symposium in Marquette, Michigan.

    We brought together leading experts in the field of Autoimmune Diseases including:

    Dr. Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, Chair of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Medicine Institute and Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America;

    Dr. Joseph Ahearn, MD, Chair of the AHN Autoimmunity Institute; and

    Dr. Emily Somers, PhD, ScM, an autoimmune disease specialist from the University of Michigan, who directs the Michigan Lupus Epidemiology & Surveillance (MILES) Program.

    Thank you, KohR Motorsports, for graciously providing the No. 59 Race for RP Ford Mustang GT 350, a beautiful and powerful awareness magnet on the NMU campus, in the parade, and at the homecoming game.

    We thank our distinguished keynote speakers, the NMU nursing students, event organizers, volunteers, and advocates for helping us. We were pleased to offer continuing education credits (CEUs and CMEs) to the healthcare professionals and future clinicians who attended the symposium.

    We especially acknowledge Dave Bammert, the RP Foundation’s President, and Kristi Robinia, PhD, RN, the Associate Dean and Director of the NMU School of Nursing.

    #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #DrivingAwareness #AcceleratingResearch #AutoimmuneDisease #Autoimmunity #Lupus #Autoimmune #ShareNMU TV6 & FOX UP
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    As someone with RP I appreciate more awareness brought to this horrible disease.

    Thank you for this. My cousin was in attendance and understood my diagnosis much better. I live 3 hrs from Marquette, Michigan, and am an alumi at NMU!

    Thank you!!!

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    It's race week in #Daytona, and here’s a look back at the final round of the 2019 @IMSA @MichelinRaceUSA Pilot Challenge. @KohR_MS drives awareness about #RelapsingPolychondritis (RP), a debilitating #AutoimmuneDisease. #RaceforRP #IMSA #IMPC @KyleMarcelli @NateStacyRacing

    Thank you to our distinguished keynote speakers, the @NorthernMichU nursing students, event organizers, volunteers, and advocates. @AHNtoday @AARDATweets @KohR_MS @LupusOrg #RelapsingPolychondritis #RaceforRP #AutoimmuneDisease #Lupus #DrivingAwareness

    A Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases

    In one of the highlights of 2019, Race for RP and the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation in conjunction with the Northern Michigan University School ...

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    Congratulations Neil Langberg, driver of the No. 53 Race for #RelapsingPolychondritis #McLaren 570S GT4, for being awarded the 2019 Driver of the Year in the Pure @McLarenAuto GT Series. @customerracing @LordBuxton #RaceforRP #DrivingAwareness #AcceleratingResearch #VivaMcLaren

    Thank you to the highly skilled, collaborative, global experts in the International #RelapsingPolychondritis (RP) Research Network for meeting to advance research to facilitate treatments and a cure for RP. For more information about RP visit, https://t.co/fA0Q6WG167 #RaceforRP

    Today is #GivingTuesday - a global movement of giving and generosity. Together with our partner at @RaceforRP, we encourage you to support the #RelapsingPolychondritis Foundation to help drive awareness and advance research for RP. https://t.co/OtQH9Ooj5m

    December 3, 2019 is #GivingTuesday - a global movement of giving. Together with our partner at @RaceforRP, we encourage you to support the #RelapsingPolychondritis Foundation to help drive awareness and advance research for RP. Click here to give, https://t.co/OtQH9Ooj5m

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