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 Stephanie Wortman at (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:
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Friends' membership includes the following:
Meet the Researchers' Reception
A Friends' Only VIP reception held prior to the 'Meet the Researchers' Living Healthy With Arthritis presentation.
Held annually in November (Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., UA Health Sciences Innovation Building).
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 (Friday, February 7, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., UA Health Sciences Innovation Building).
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 (Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., UA Health Sciences Innovation Building).
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 in the Spring.
Gail Kershner Riggs, Member Emerita
Tracy Shake (UAAC Representative)
Stephanie Wortman (UAAC Representative)