This cause exists to promote and further research into finding cures for autoimmune diseases.

Although over 50 million Americans have at least one autoimmune disease, the public does not understand that these diseases have the same cause and that they run in families. A major problem and cost factor of these diseases is the fact that they are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed early in the disease process when serious and costly complications could be prevented. The history of autoimmune disease within a family is rarely part of a medical history questionnaire; yet this information is what would make a physician suspect the possibility of an autoimmune disease and the patients cannot offer the information because they are generally unaware of the connection among the different chronic illnesses occurring in their families. The public is also unaware of the common factors in diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases.

1. http://www.aarda.org/

2. Although autoimmunity is the #2 cause of chronic illness, research funding is only 3 percent of the NIH budget

3. We have only begun to discover the role that autoimmunity plays in many chronic illnesses.

4. Studies show that when someone understands their treatment plan, they will follow it better.

5. Although over 50 million Americans have at least 1 autoimmune disorder, the public understands little about them.