Message from the Chair

 Message from the Chair

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Arthritis Research Foundation website. Our mission is to raise funds for world leading research into arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

We are singularly focused on raising funds for arthritis and related autoimmune disease research to improve the lives of millions of Canadians. Through new technologies and a unique and multidisciplinary approach to research, our scientists are now poised to make major breakthroughs in the treatment and prevention of arthritis.

We are pleased to announce an exclusive arrangement between Arthritis Research Foundation (ARF) and Sinai Health Foundation designed to leverage the strengths of both organizations in order to advance arthritis and related autoimmune disease research. ARF will be the sole fundraising arm for arthritis and related autoimmune research at Sinai Health System. The purpose of this partnership is to ensure we are securing as much philanthropic support from the community as possible for these debilitating diseases. 

The commitment and leadership of Sinai Health Foundation will allow us to propel breakthroughs, so we can do more for patients and families affected by these medical conditions. We are also excited to announce that we will be launching a significant fundraising initiative specifically for arthritis and related autoimmune disease that will rally people around this important cause.

ARF has had a long-term and positive impact on advancing research support in this critical area through its fund development activities and generous support from the philanthropic community. We are looking forward to working with the SHSF team and are excited about the difference we can make together.

The premise of Sinai Health System is about getting people back to a healthy and active life.  Through this partnership with ARF, we hope to make significant investments in arthritis and related autoimmune disease research at Sinai Health System, so people can do just that,” said Joe Mapa, Chief Executive Officer, Sinai Health Foundation.

We are delighted to join the Sinai Health System family. We believe that together we will make substantial strides in supporting research efforts at Sinai Health System’s Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis & Autoimmune Disease and Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. This partnership will accelerate our ability to invest the future of health care and personalized medicine for countless patients suffering from these diseases.

I support their work and would encourage you to do the same by making a donation. By doing so we’ll be able to accelerate the incredible advancements being made through research. This will impact the quality of life for those affected, as well as their families, who struggle with arthritis every day.

It is imperative that we act now to bring together the discoveries of modern medicine to help people live longer and more active lives and work towards a cure. There has never been a better time to truly make a difference in the lives of so many people.


Please help us... beat arthritis!

Rick Lunny

Chair, Board of Directors