The Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation was proud to sponsor and support the Grapes on the Green fundraiser benefiting the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.  On display at the fundraiser was a very special Ferrari 488.  The event which took place at The Golf Club at Newcastle was a great success with nearly $500,000 raised to support medical research! The scientists at BRI are confident that we are on the path to discovering a cure!

Medical research conducted at the world-renowned Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) has resulted in major advances against many autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and others. BRI’s collaborative approach accelerates discovery and translates laboratory breakthroughs to prevent, treat, and ultimately, eliminate these diseases.

We’re extremely honored to support the work of Dr. Jane Buckner, MD, a dedicated Rheumatologist and President of the Translational Research Program at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. Dr. Buckner has extensive experience working with patients suffering from Relapsing Polychondritis, (RP) and is a leading authority on autoimmune disease research, diagnosis and treatment. Here are some recent posts about Dr. Buckner’s work. https://www.benaroyaresearch.org/tags/jane-buckner

It was inspiring to listen to Dr. Buckner (pictured here with Nancy and the Ferrari 488) as she presented the major advances BRI scientists are making in their quest to find a cure for autoimmune diseases (such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and others) and stressed the importance of donor support.

Tom Skillman provided an excellent overview of the causes of autoimmune disorders and discussed promising treatments that are now available to patients, thanks to technological advancements and successful research initiatives. He also shared a heartwarming story, which resonated with our RP patients at the event, about a family member who had an autoimmune disorder and poignantly emphasized how autoimmune disorders impact the entire family.

Thank you to Ferrari of Seattle for providing the spectacular 488 Spider (that prominently displays BRI, Virginia Mason, Race for RP – “Relapsing Polychondritis”, and RPASF logos) and the incredible hot lap experience as a live auction item, which raised $5,000 for BRI’s outstanding medical research. A special thank you to the generous auction winner of the Ferrari of Seattle hot lap experience. She will certainly enjoy driving the beautiful Ferrari street car to Ridge Motorsports Park. Then, she will have the ride of her life – and so will another extremely fortunate passenger of her choice!

RPASF is proud to have joined the amazing researchers, generous donors, outstanding organizers, volunteers, hosts, and incredible wineries in support of BRI and Virginia Mason Foundation.

Please continue to support the Virginia Mason Foundation and BRI.