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.
Friends' membership includes the following:
Eva M. Holtby Arthritis Conversations Luncheon
A prominent national or international speaker updates Friends and faculty each February (member discount).
Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference
An annual event held each January with workshops dedicated to living well with arthritis, conducted by significant researchers and healthcare providers.
(free to Friends’ members)
Canyon Ranch Breakfast Chat
A lovely morning at the beautiful Canyon Ranch Health Resort with buffet breakfast and an enlightening speaker. This event is held annually.
Meet the Researchers' Reception
A Friends' Only reception held prior to the 'Meet the Researchers' Living Healthy With Arthritis presentation.
How to Join
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends! To become a member or for further information, please call 520-626-7901.
Lanetta Lee Elliott
Gail Kershner Riggs, Member Emerita