Hollywood, meet psoriatic arthritis

In May 2017, NPF, in collaboration with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, decided to put the spotlight on psoriatic arthritis (PsA) by launching the Psoriatic Arthritis Awareness Project.

The project’s goal was to produce two short films that would provide an emotionally engaging look into the lives of people with PsA. The films would highlight the challenges of living with PsA, help patients recognize that they are not alone and underscore the importance of working with a health care provider to get the best possible care.

We asked you to submit your stories about PsA. We received an enthusiastic outpouring of ideas. If only we could’ve made a film from each one!

The top four ideas as selected by our panel of judges were posted to NPF’s website in the fall of 2017, where we invited everyone to vote on their favorite. Almost 400 of you took time out of your busy lives to consider the candidates and cast your vote.

Now, a year later, we’re ready to unveil the two films we did make.

And … action!

NPF and Novartis worked with a company called Tongal – a creative network of writers, directors and producers – to make our movies. We’re proud of their work and we hope you will be, too.

Our films are “Shirley’s Story,” featuring Shirley Wallace and made by LampLit Productions, and “Jennifer’s Story,” featuring Jennifer Pellegrin and made by McCoy | Meyer. Beginning May 15, you can view them at the Psoriatic Arthritis Awareness Project. After you watch the videos, don't forget to share them on Facebook and Twitter. Help us spread the word and continue to build awareness!

Once again, thank you to everyone who dreamed up ideas for this project and everyone who voted. You’re making a difference in the lives of people with psoriatic arthritis as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

Driving discovery, creating community

For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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