Without the Arthritis Foundation, I would not be in academia today. I was funded by the Foundation as a fellow in 1996 when I was starting my third year of training and needed bridge funding. I later went on to win an Arthritis Investigator award from the Foundation that allowed me to get my faculty position at Stanford. I now have a lab with a dozen young scientists in training. We have made seminal advances in diagnostics, novel treatment regimens, clinical trials, and in educating hundreds of young scientists' from high school up through junior faculty.