The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is interested in studying patients with Relapsing Polychondritis (RP)

The Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness Support Foundation (RPASF) and the American
Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA)
Walk & Fun Run

Ephram White Park
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Date: July 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Hi Everyone,
Do you know that when you sponsor a walker on our team, RPASF receives a share of that contribution? Also, when someone you know becomes a sponsor of the walk, our share is even larger.

That’s right!

For the past two years, we’ve partnered with AARDA on the Los Angeles Autoimmune Walks, which have raised a combined total of over $140,000 for autoimmune research. We’ve partnered with AARDA again for a brand-new Autoimmune Walk & Fun Run in Bowling Green, Kentucky on July 8th .


Because we believe that:

  • there is a common thread that ties all autoimmune diseases together and we want to help find it; and
  • when we link together, we are stronger!

We really need to support this new endeavor for the benefit of the relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune communities.

Please note that AARDA is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity. RPASF is one of AARDA’s big supporters and a partner on the Bowling Green Autoimmune Walk & Fun Run.

Please join our team!

You don’t have to be present to enroll as a teammate, you can be a virtual walker. It’s great fun getting your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors involved in some good healthy competition for a great cause!

Whether you enroll yourself, donate to the team or even show your support and donation as a sponsor, we know we can guarantee at least one lap around the track for all of our supporters!

Thank you.

Twilight Ride for RP sets records at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

May 12, 2017 ride benefitting Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation (RPASF)

As part of the 60th anniversary season of racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Ferrari Challenge returned to the world famous road course to kick off its 2017 season and to host the “Twilight Ride for RP”, which was a record-setting success!

Prior to the fast and furious launch of beautiful Italian “prancing horses” (Ferrari race cars), approximately 80 bicycle riders took to the track to raise over $25,000 for research on relapsing polychondritis or “RP”, which is a rare, and sometimes fatal, autoimmune disease characterized by recurrent widespread inflammation and damage of many body areas.  The autoimmunity attacks the patient’s cartilage, which is present inareas, including joints, eyes, ears, kidneys, and the airway.

Among the riders were Nancy & Neil, Andrea and Mike from the film titled “RP The Ride of My Life,” family and friends, including a number of accomplished race car drivers and team members.

With the outstanding support of the Ferrari Challenge, ScuderiaCorsa, and the event sponsors, professional race drivers Kyle Marcelli (a brand ambassador for RPASF) and Jeff Westphal demonstrated outstanding teamwork with Ann Bixler of Mazda Raceway, which enabled the riders to have a great time from the green flag to the checkered flag.

Thank you to all who supported this fantastic event, including the riders, donors, event planners, race teams, Mazda Raceway, and the generous sponsors who are highlighted at the end of the excellent event video (above) from Marcelli Motorsports.

We appreciate your support!

Tom Christie

  or donate via mail to:

8843 78th St NW
Annandale, MN 55302

Here’s our latest video of Kyle and the Marcelli Mob
showing the highlights from Virginia International Raceway.

RPASF to Attend the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
(NCATS) Advocacy Day — Partnering with Patients for Smarter Science



June 30, 2017
John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center
National Institutes of Health
35 Convent Drive
Bethesda, Maryland

On June 30, 2017, CEO Tom Christie and Medical Advisor Dr. Marcela Ferrada will be attending the inaugural NCATS Advocacy Day — Partnering with Patients for Smarter Science at the National Institutes of Health, John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center. The purpose of the event is to inform patients and their advocates about NCATS and its programs, identify patient needs, and collectively discuss ways for improved patient inclusion in NCATS’ translational science activities. The full day event will feature presentations, interactive activities and a poster session. Designed for patients, families, caregivers and patient advocacy groups, the event will foster an open dialogue among patients and their advocates to discuss common translational science roadblocks, brainstorm ideas for improvement, and apply that knowledge to strengthen patient and community engagement at NCATS.

Dr. Marcela Ferrada at Johns Hopkins University


May 12, 2017: Twilight Ride for RP, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, CA 93908

May 17, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium, Houston, TX

May 21-23, 2017: American Thoracic Society International Conference, Washington, DC

June 30, 2017: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advocacy Day, Bethesda, MD

July 8, 2017: Autoimmune Walk, Ephram White Park, Bowling Green, KY

September 14 -15, 2017: RARE Patient Advocacy Summit, Irvine, CA

November 3-8, 2017: American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

November 18, 2017: 3rd Annual Los Angeles Autoimmune Walk, Culver City, CA

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