Shannon Young

Gathering support, she remains resilient in the face of pain. Shannon Young has been living with rheumatoid arthritis/rheumatoid disease (RA/RD) for five years. A mom to two grown daughters who…

Lawrence “Rick” Phillips

Managing multiple serious diseases, he finds support in community. Lawrence “Rick” Phillips has known serious disease his entire adult life. On a family vacation to Disney World—supposedly the happiest place…

Marie Marotta

Despite pain, she is living a full, joyful life. Thirty-five-year-old Marie Marotta has faced many hardships in her life. She has taken care of her dying mother, grieved her passing…

Mariah Leach

Through her blog, she helps others—and herself.   Mariah Leach, who blogs at www.fromthispointforward.com, inspires countless individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis/rheumatoid disease (RA/RD), helping them realize their disease does not…

Leslie Rott

Finding her voice and advocating for others. Leslie Rott has lived with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis/rheumatoid disease (RA/RD) and lupus since she was about 19 years old. Now 32,…

  • Kelly O’Neill Young
  • Kelly O’Neill Young
  • Kelly O’Neill Young

Kelly O’Neill Young

Advocating for research, greater understanding, and life-saving changes in the way we look at this disease. If you’ve spent any time in the rheumatoid arthritis/rheumatoid disease (RA/RD) community, you’ve probably…

José Velarde

Lack of access to health care made his disease worse, but his spirit is strong. José Velarde is a devoted father of three, husband, brother, son, and friend. Despite living…

  • Emil DeAndreis
  • Emil DeAndreis
  • Emil DeAndreis

Emil DeAndreis

Making a new life after diagnosis, he inspires. In 2008, after a record-breaking career as a pitcher for the University of Hawaii Hilo, and after being offered a contract to…