Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


Arthritis Foundation Nebraska

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Agency Name: Arthritis Foundation Nebraska


Why your gift is needed:

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

  • Approximately 345,000 Nebraskans are living with arthritis, and 2,000 of them are children.
  • 1 in 5 adults has arthritis, and 1 in 250 children has arthritis.
  • 23 million people with arthritis are limited in their ability to do daily activities, such as standing, bending, walking and climbing stairs.
  • Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under age 65.
  • Arthritis is more common in women than men.
  • One in four veterans lives with arthritis.
  • Among adults with arthritis, nearly half (47 percent) have at least one other disease or condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity, anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders are among the five most costly conditions among adults.
  • Arthritis and related conditions account for $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses, 44 million outpatient visits, and nearly 1 million hospitalizations.
  • By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million people are expected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

What your gift will do:

  • $10 provides a free Better Living Toolkit to a person with arthritis. The kit includes a variety of resources and tools to help individuals manage their arthritis in daily life.

  • $23 helps support a JA family.

  • $50 provides a free JA Power Pack to a child with juvenile arthritis, which includes a special teddy bear that can be heated or chilled, and a resource book for parents.

  • $500 provides a full scholarship to Camp Spirit for a child with juvenile arthritis.

Agency Summary:

  • Referrals and toll-free Helpline: Licensed, clinical social workers offer support at 1-844-571-4357 (HELP).
  • State- and federal-level advocacy is in place to keep medications accessible and affordable.
  • National JA Conference and local Family Days provide tools and information to JA families, scholarships available.
  • Camp Spirit is a camp for children with juvenile arthritis and their siblings; scholarships provided.
  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS is an online partnership between the Arthritis Foundation and the arthritis community, which uses scientific study to shine a light on the realities of arthritis.
  • The Live Yes! Online Community connects you 24/7 with those who understand what it is like.
  • Online support is provided through peer groups found on Facebook or chat sites.
  • Virtual Connect Groups are being formed.
  • Medical research takes place through partnerships in order to find cures for a range of rheumatic diseases.
  • Better Living Toolkits are available free for adults with arthritis and include a variety of resources and tools to help individuals manage their arthritis in daily life.
  • JA Power Packs are available free for families that have a child with arthritis and include a variety of resources and tools to help individuals manage their arthritis in daily life.
  • Annual LYYRA event is free to those with Rheumatoid Arthritis. LYYRA was held in Omaha in September of 2018 and in Lincoln at the Arthritis Center in April of 2019.
  • Partners 4 Patients program partners health care providers with patients to provide resources and emotional support.

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