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Arthritis Foundation South Central Region attendees at the Arthritis Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C.: Serena Heins (DFW) Dione Colon (ALB), Pamela Steele (DFW), Kerri Fabert (DFW), Pam Massey (Houston), Sophia Colon, Garalee Wade (OKC), Caitlin Urie (Tulsa), Jeanne Urie (Tulsa) and Chris Nieto (Austin).

A North Texas contingent recently joined fellow representatives from the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region at the Arthritis Foundation’s 16th Annual Advocacy Summit, held March 24-26 in Washington, D.C.  The Advocacy Summit brought together nearly 300 key arthritis advocates from all 50 states to meet with members of Congress to let them know that more needs to be done for people with arthritis.  

During the event, advocates Chris Nieto and Pamela Steele met with U.S. Representative Joe Barton from Texas’ 6th District to discuss the physical and financial impact arthritis has on fellow Texans.  Members from the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region also recognized policymakers who have performed exceptional service in support of the Arthritis Foundation’s mission by advancing public policy and the Foundation’s legislative agenda on behalf of the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis in the U.S.

About the Arthritis Foundation

Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.

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