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Thousands of Canadians with spondyloarthritis (SpA) live with pain that threatens to take over their lives. Whether living with ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, or axial spondyloarthritis, it’s more than a “bad back,” it interferes with all aspects of life, impacting work and straining relationships. 

The Canadian Spondylitis Association is here to help. Since 2008, the CSA has been helping people take control of their lives and live better with SpA. 

How does your donation help people live better with SpA? Your gift supports: 

  • Educating primary care doctors to recognize symptoms and accelerate steps to a diagnosis.
  • Patients who understand their treatment options to manage symptoms and reclaim their lives.
  • Growing a supportive community that understands, shares experiences, advice, and gives hope.

“My dad always had a bad back. I’d heard the term ankylosing ankylosing spondylitis, but didn’t really understand what it meant, or that I was at risk of having it, too.

When I first suspected I had AS, I didn’t know where to turn. My doctor only had a basic understanding and online research was just making me feel afraid and confused. 

Then I found the CSA and attended a patient forum. There, I met other people living with AS who had their symptoms under control. I learned about treatment from an expert who would later become my rheumatologist. Most importantly, I felt hope that my future could be different. 

Thanks to the CSA, I’ve taken control of my life and my journey with AS.”

Melissa, 40.

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The Canadian Spondylitis Association’s charitable status application is pending. Until approved, the CSA will not be able to provide tax receipts.