The WTOP Charity of the Month is
The Myositis Association
Myositis is a rare autoimmune disease of the muscles that causes muscle damage and chronic disability. With severe weakness, pain, fatigue, debilitating skin rashes, and other often life-threatening symptoms, patients find it difficult to perform even simple day-to-day activities, including walking, climbing stairs, and raising their arms to comb their hair.
Myositis has several forms, including dermatomyositis, polymyositis, inclusion body myositis, necrotizing myopathy, and juvenile forms of the disease. Patients may also face other life-threatening disorders, including interstitial lung disease, antisynthetase syndrome, difficulty swallowing, and a higher risk of cancer and other diseases. There is no cure.
The Myositis Association is an international nonprofit organization committed to support and education for myositis patients and their care partners, increasing awareness of myositis throughout the community and among physicians, and funding for myositis-related research. Go to www.Myositis.org to find out more.