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How to Join

We appreciate your interest in the UAAC Friends.  To join or renew online, please click on the red button above.  For further information, or to join or renew via phone or mail, please call (520) 626-6399. Your membership helps the UAAC Friends support the important work of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center.  

The Friends of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) was founded by Eva M. Holtby in 1997. Mrs. Holtby’s outreach to the Tucson community led to a wide circle of admiring friends drawn to her strong leadership skills and her caring for those in need. It was her steadfast leadership and vision that gave birth to the concept that through education, public awareness and community involvement, organizations like the Friends of the UAAC could build community support and make a significant contribution to improving quality of life for those affected by arthritis. That mission has become the cornerstone for the diversified efforts of the members of the Friends for the past 20 years. Each year, the Friends support the UAAC with a wide variety of activities and interests.

If you prefer to make a fully tax-deductible donation to support the UAAC Friends,
please click on the title below and select 'Arthritis Center Friends' on the dropdown menu:

Donate to UAAC Friends 

Friends membership includes the following complimentary events:

Meet the Researchers' Reception

A Friends' Only VIP reception held prior to the 'Meet the Researchers' Living Healthy With Arthritis presentation.
Held annually 

Eva M. Holtby Arthritis Endowed Lecture VIP reception

A prominent national or international Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference keynote speaker joins Friends members for a VIP reception on the evening prior to the LHWA Conference.
Held annually in February  

Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

An annual event held each February with workshops dedicated to living well with arthritis, conducted by significant researchers and healthcare providers.
Held annually in February

Living Healthy With Arthritis Pilates Classes with Karma Kientzler

The Pilates method, as well as the specially designed modalities taught by Canyon Ranch Founding Spa and Fitness director Karma Kientzler, are offered in free classes at Body Works Pilates.  No prior experience is necessary, however prior registration is required. 

From Bench to Bedside ~ Research in Action

A behind-the scenes, hands-on demonstration by UAAC and UAHS researchers. 
Held annually. (Wednesday, November 4, 2020)

Thank you!
UAAC Friends' Board Members:
Linda Andrews
Nancy Ermoian
Lisa Gustafson
Nancy Kwoh, Chair
Loretta Pedraza
Gail Kershner Riggs, Member Emerita
Harold Ruttenberg
Marcy Ruttenberg
Tracy Shake (UAAC Representative)