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Our Legacy

Our Legacy

In March 2018, the Arthritis Society will celebrate its 70th-year in service to those whose lives have been affected by the devastation of arthritis. Concern for the crippling affects of rheumatic disease was raised by our founders, Dr. J. Wallace Graham and Mary Pack, who were each personally and professionally incensed by the disease. Due in part to their tireless efforts, arthritis became a national conversation that spread across the country post-World War II, stirring up considerable political interest and a passionate, volunteer-driven grassroots movement. In 1948, the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society or CARS was created, (later renamed The Arthritis Society in 1977) with significant government financial support. It was a mighty victory for those determined to establish a national charity dedicated to arthritis.

Today, that same passion and fierce determination is still the Arthritis Society rallying cry. With a network that extends to communities across the country, we continue to uphold the resilient spirit of those living with arthritis.

As the Arthritis Society approaches its 70th-year celebration, we will be sharing more stories throughout 2018, about our fascinating journey throughout the years, improving the lives of those living with arthritis. As we start a new decade, we have a new look designed to bring even more attention to our cause.