The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Standing Committee of PARE (People with Arthritis/Rheumatism) have launched an education campaign for World Arthritis Day featuring crowd-sourced inspirational stories from those living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease.

“The Future in Your Hands” is collecting personal stories, sourced through the World Arthritis Day website and via social media, on how people have taken action to live their life to the fullest with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease. A video collection of the stories will be released on World Arthritis Day, October 12, 2016.

The goal of the campaign is to educate people around the world on the burden of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and the importance of taking action. Specifically, EULAR is asking people to share photos or videos of their hands taking action to bring their personal stories to life and help shape a brighter future for all those affected by these diseases.

“The Future in Your Hands” will “provide much needed education to people around the world on the truth of living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases,” Dieter Wiek, Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE), said in the press release announcing the campaign. “It will celebrate the work that caregivers and patients do every day to take action [and will] encourage healthcare teams to diagnose these conditions early and ensure policy makers understand the full extent of these conditions and the impact they have on society,” Wiek said.

The campaign was officially launched during the EULAR Annual European Conference of PARE (April 15 to 17) in Sofia, Bulgaria, with more than 120 invited delegates from 33 countries.

To participate in the campaign, upload your story to the World Arthritis Day website with a photo of your hands taking action. You can also upload your story and image to social media using the hashtag #WADStory. For more information and to get involved, visit the World Arthritis Day website.