Emil DeAndreis

Patient Leader

I am the author of Hard To Grip: A memoir of youth, baseball, and chronic illness, which chronicles my journey from professional baseball to my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. I am also a writer and ambassador for HealthCentral, an online health publication, in their rheumatoid arthritis department. I am a frequent participant in the annual Arthritis Foundation Run/Walk 5k. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a voice from the male perspective of rheumatoid arthritis.


San Francisco, CA

Past Awards Participation

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Rookie of The Year
Emil DeAndreis

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