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First-Ever Rheumatoid Arthritis Day, Feb. 2, Bringing Thousands Together
Globe Newswire | January 31, 2013 | 09:30 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The first-ever Rheumatoid Awareness Day, to be celebrated on Saturday, has already brought thousands of patients together to begin the process of educating the public about rheumatoid arthritis. To date, nearly 6,000 have signed up to recognize the day on the Facebook page for this event, with others preparing to host local events and writing officials requesting recognition of Rheumatoid Awareness Day.

In addition, Crescendo Bioscience®, Inc. is providing a matching grant for donations up to $10,000 to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF), the group that established Rheumatoid Awareness Day. RPF encourages both patients and the public to join this first awareness day by donating through the link http://bit.ly/give2RPF. Crescendo Bioscience is a molecular diagnostics company that offers Vectra™ DA, a multi-biomarker blood test that measures disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

The stories posted on social media have underscored the impact of the disease; some people have posted about the career they enjoyed before the disease or about having had the disease since childhood. James posted, "It's such a struggle on a daily basis for those of us with this disease, and to have those around us say 'I know how you feel, I've got a little arthritis pain in my finger or toe or wherever.' This is so much more than just arthritis."

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