National Psoriasis Foundation launches Team NPF Cycle program on World Psoriasis Day

New endurance program unites psoriatic disease community and cycling enthusiasts to find a cure

PORTLAND, Ore. (October 29, 2014)—Cyclists with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and the people who love them now have a new way to find a cure with the National Psoriasis Foundation Team NPF Cycle program, launching today on World Psoriasis Day. 

National Psoriasis Foundation Team NPF Cycle, presented by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, is an endurance cycling program that provides a new opportunity for the psoriatic disease community to raise funds for research to find a cure for these chronic autoimmune diseases, while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Team NPF Cycle and how you can get involved: www.teamnpf.org/cycle. 

"Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are serious diseases that are associated with diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Research shows that proper treatment and a healthy lifestyle can help people effectively manage their condition," said Randy Beranek, president and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation. "We’re thankful for the support of Novartis as presenting sponsor of Team NPF Cycle. With their help, we were able to get this program off the ground and offer our community a new fun and healthy challenge."

A chronic, painful, genetic disease of the immune system that causes the skin to crack, itch and bleed, psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting up to 7.5 million Americans. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis that attacks the joints and tendons. 

The inaugural Team NPF Cycle ride kicks off on August 15, 2015 at Unionville Vineyard in Ringoes, New Jersey. 

To learn more about Team NPF Cycle, visit: www.teamnpf.org/cycle. Learn more about psoriasis at www.psoriasis.org.  


About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research funding, and education, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at www.psoriasis.org.