Driving Awareness for Relapsing Polychondritis

Race for RP is a partnership with race car drivers, teams, owners, sponsors, and enthusiasts to drive awareness and accelerate research for relapsing polychondritis (RP) and other autoimmune diseases. Race for RP is the motorsports initiative that supports the work of the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation. The RP Foundation is a non-profit organization that invests in RP related research and awareness programs with the goal of improving the care of those affected by relapsing polychondritis and related autoimmune diseases. 

What is Relapsing Polychondritis?

Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is a severe, chronic autoimmune disease marked by the inflammation and breakdown of cartilage. This potentially fatal disease can affect any part of the body with cartilage, including the ears, nose, airways, joints, eyes, skin, heart valves, and brain.

The Impact of Relapsing Polychondritis

Not much is known about this rare and degenerative autoimmune disease that afflicts millions of people. That’s why we invest in research to better understand and treat it.


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Relapsing Polychondritis impacts men and women equally


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Relapsing Polychondritis is often associated with other autoimmune disorders (including VEXAS)
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Fueling Groundbreaking RP-Focused Research

The Race for RP and the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation are accelerating research and studies to help diagnose, prevent and cure relapsing polychondritis and related autoimmune diseases. Together with our talented collaborative research partners, we are driving RP and autoimmune diseases to the forefront of ground-breaking discoveries. We are also improving patient access to specialized, multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians and are fostering a greater understanding of RP among clinicians, scientists and the broader community. We recognize the vital need for funding to support the next wave of progress and sustain the important research that’s forging the path to a cure.

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The founding of race for RP

Race for RP’s inception comes from Nancy Linn’s story. After years of painful and debilitating symptoms with no clear cause, Nancy was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis. She found strength and the courage to persevere by choosing to live with purpose. Race for RP raises awareness about RP in clinical, scientific, and broader community arenas, and advances research efforts for this and other autoimmune diseases to catalyze discoveries that improve diagnosis, patient outcomes, and ultimately, lead to a cure. With countless other patients afflicted with autoimmune disease and facing similar struggles, Nancy’s purpose is our collective purpose.

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Discover how your support fuels the RP Foundation’s mission and energizes a community dedicated to changing the outcomes for patients with RP and related autoimmune diseases. 

Playing Now: "The Race Of Our Lives"

Get ready to embark on a powerful ride with us as we premiere “The Race of Our Lives,” a groundbreaking documentary about relapsing polychondritis and the extraordinary journey of the individuals committed to changing the course of this disease.

Race for RP Today

We have never lost sight of our purpose and have become a catalyst for awareness and research on treatments and cures for relapsing polychondritis and related autoimmune diseases.

Our Partners

Our world-renowned research partners are driving ground-breaking discoveries in relapsing polychondritis and related autoimmune disease research.

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