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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . arthritis athlete . Helgi Olafson . racing for a cure .

Helgi Olafson is a Racing For A Cure Athlete who is also afflicted with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). His AS can be debilitating, but he is determined to show the world that you can thrive despite having Ankylosing Spondylitis. Diagnosed at 19 after experiencing severe back pain, Helgi went through the process of misdiagnosis first. Incorrectly diagnosed with sciatica initially, Helgi's mom decide to take him to a rheumatologist for a second opinion a few months later. The rheumatologist suspected Ankylsoing…

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . autoimmune arthritis . racing for a cure . Spartan Race . Steve Ratte .

Steve Ratte battles Ankylosing Spondylitis on Spartan Race at at time. When he hears the familiar Spartan race battle cry, “Aroo, Aroo!” ring amidst the mass of adrenaline-fueled competitors in the starting corral, he finds himself both excited and nervous for the uncertain adventure in front of him. He doesn’t have any idea which obstacles lay before him, nor does he know exactly how long the race is. In fact, the only certainty he has about the course is that…

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . arthritis . Autoimmune . autoimmune disease . Isabel Lanssens . racing for a cure .

In light of her ankylosing spondylitis (AS) diagnosis, Isabel Lanssens was forced to quit the sport that she had always been so passionate about: long distance running. However, her life made a 360-degree turn last year when she committed to running ten seconds every day. Isabel gradually worked up to running much longer distances than she’d ever dreamed of completing again, and because of her incredible progress in running and prospering in the face of AS, her family and friends…

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . Autoimmune . autoimmune arthritis . autoimmune arthritis research . autoimmune disease . Brian Sharp . racing for a cure .

Growing up, all Brian Sharp ever wanted to do was to serve his country in the United States Air Force. Though he was able to live out his dream for fourteen years, that dream came to a devastating halt when he received an ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis and was forced to medically retire. However, Brian, whose nickname is “Saltlife Runner,” refused to be defeated. He became an avid runner and passionate coach that has helped hundreds of athletes achieve their running…

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . arthritis . arthritis awareness . arthritis research . AS . charity . cure arthritis . health . I AM 1 Foundation . nonprofit . racing for a cure . running . Tariq Ganagari .

Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) in 2009, but first experiencing painful symptoms nine years prior, Tariq “Ty” Gangari’s battle with AS has been anything but easy; however, instead of giving up, its inspired him to work hard, become as healthy as possible, and start his own foundation in the UK to spread awareness of AS, The I Am 1 Foundation. After struggling with pain caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis throughout high school and suddenly having to stop playing all the sports…

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . ironman . racing for a cure . Tim Raschle . triathlon .

Competitive swimmer, triathlete, aspiring ironman athlete, and…Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferer? It may seem that the titles don’t mesh, but Tim Raschle, an Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) sufferer since college, has miraculously been able to still compete in a plethora of events despite his condition. In an effort to take his racing even further, he has joined the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure team to raise money for AS and other autoimmune diseases. (more…)

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . Candyce Sindelir . Helgi Olafson . rheumatoid arthritis .

Candyce Sindelir was diagnosed in 2006 with rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. An arthritis diagnosis is never easy, however for some, it can be worse than for others. Her journey has led to physical therapy, financial hardship, alienation from her family and she's even had her children taken away from her – all as a result of her autoimmune diseases. (more…)

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . arthritis . AS . Niki Fontenot .

When Niki Fontenot was 22 she first began to notice symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Over the years, after being told she had less critical afflictions such as tendonitis, she was finally diagnosed with A.S. at age 26, taking after her father who also possessed the T cell, HLA-B27, that lead to his diagnosis of A.S. as well. Since then she has had to forfeit her career and dramatically change her lifestyle to remain healthy and safe. 1. When were you…

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . AS . Jennifer Youkel . Walk Your AS Off .

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disease of the spine, under the umbrella of arthritis, which causes inflammation, chronic pain, and can cause the spine to eventually fuse.  Jennifer, age 28, full-time employee, student, and mom was diagnosed about two years ago with AS and has since then found little reprieve in her prescribed medications.  (more…)

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . AS . research grant . shoot for the moon . Walk Your AS Off .

The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) is partnering with Walk Your AS Off in an effort to raise $75,000 for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) research.  The annual walk spans two months and began on March 1st and will finally culminate on World AS Day, May 4th.  Every participant’s collective steps are tracked, creating a global effort to benefit a great cause and take small steps together to make a difference.  This year, walkers are participating from Europe, the Middle East, Asia,…

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