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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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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Tune-in Alert! Watch the national broadcast of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge from Road America today at 3pm ET on NBCSN. (set your DVRs) Watch Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis" brand ambassador and autoimmune disease awareness champion Kyle Marcelli with co-driver Nate Stacy Racing piloting the KohR Motorsports No. 60 FORGELINE Ford Mustang GT4. See the Carbahn Autoworks Peregrine Racing No. 39 Audi R8 GT4, which carries the Race for Relapsing Polychondritis logo, co-driven by Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal starting the race in pole. And congratulations to Race for RP driver Jon Morley with co-driver Gavin Ernstone who piloted to Road Shagger Racing eEuroparts.com No. 61 Audi RS 3 to a P3 finish in the TCR class. We’re thrilled for the national coverage and exposure today's broadcast brings to relapsing polychondritis (RP) and autoimmune disease awareness. #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #Autoimmune #AutoimmuneDisease #IMPC #IMSA #RoadAmerica Michelin NBC Sports ... See MoreSee Less

It's race day here at Road America for the next round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Watch it live on IMSA.tv at 5pm ET. The No. 39 co driven by Tyler McQuarrie and Race for RP driver Jeff Westphal has qualified in P1 so keep your eyes on this duo, currently the GS point leaders in the championship. The Carbahn Autoworks Peregrine Racing No. 39 carries the Race for RP logo on the side of the Audi GT4, and this coverage and exposure will be fantastic for relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune disease awareness. Race for RP brand ambassador and autoimmune disease awareness advocate, Kyle Marcelli (recipient of American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)'s 2019 Champion Award) along with co-driver Nate Stacy Racing have qualified in P6 piloting the KohR Motorsports No. 60 FORGELINE Ford Mustang GT4, which carries the Race for RP logo on the side and wing of the car. Thank you to the team for your incredible support, we'll be cheering you on throughout the race. And a shout out to Race for RP driver Jon Morley who qualified in P10 and currently sits in third place overall in TCR for the championship. We are looking forward to watching Jon make some more amazing moves behind the wheel of the Road Shagger Racing eEuroparts.com No. 61 Simply Vegas Commercial Real Estate Audi RS 3. Good luck to all the Race for RP drivers and teams in the Michelin Pilot Challenge. #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #Autoimmune #AutoimmuneDisease #RoadAmerica #IMSA #IMPC Michelin Michelin Motorsport ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Best of luck, with all my appreciation❣

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On May 26, 2019 relapsing polychondritis (RP) and autoimmune disease awareness rose to a new level during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. It was fantastic to see the the Race for Relapsing Polychondritis brand carried on the No. 63 Chevrolet during this single largest one-day sporting event in the world, with over 400,000 people in attendance and 5 million viewers around the world.

Thank you to the teams, Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa along with drivers Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones Racing, for your support of Race for RP - "Relapsing Polychondritis". It was an extraordinary and unforgettable experience, from the emotional opening ceremony and driver introductions, through the entire live broadcast on NBC. The Race for RP is so grateful to have participated in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” which was significant to our mission of driving awareness about relapsing polychondrits and accelerating autoimmune disease research.

There are over 100 autoimmune diseases which affect upwards of 50 million Americans. Some are rare like relapsing polychondritis (RP) or ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and some are more common such as celiac disease, multiple sclerosis or psoriasis. But we are in this together and it was an important milestone to have our story told on this global platform.

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#RaceforRP #MustBeMay #ThisIsMay #IndyCar #Indy500 #RelapsingPolychondritis #Polychondritis #AutoimmuneDisease #AutoimmuneAwareness #Autoimmune #AutoimmuneWarrior #Autoimmunity #AutoimmuneDiseases #IndyCar Indianapolis Motor Speedway NTT IndyCar Series American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) Autoimmune Disease List Autoimmune Wellness Allegheny Health Network Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation Surviving Graves Disease Natural Solutions For Graves' Disease & Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Lupus Foundation of America National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Psoriasis Foundation Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation RheumatoidArthritis.net Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation Type 1 Diabetes Support and Information Vasculitis Foundation National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society Beyond Celiac Celiac Disease Foundation Guillian-Barre' Syndrome/CIPD Awareness Scleroderma Foundation Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
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Ty for your support!

I am humbled amd moved that RP is supported. Brings me to tears. Thank you.

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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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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

Congratulations on the P2 Podium finish to the @KohR_MS @ForgelineWheels @PolitoFord No. 60 driven by @KyleMarcelli and @NateStacyRacing at @CTMPOfficial in the @IMSA @MichelinUSA Pilot Challenge. #RaceforRP #RelapsingPolychondritis #Autoimmune #CTMPLife #IMPC @MichelinRaceUSA

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