Champion Race Car Driver to Receive AARDA Champion Award

Kyle Marcelli to be Honored for Driving Autoimmune Awareness

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    Kyle Marcelli (left)

Newswise — DETROIT, MI, April 18 -- The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) has selected champion race car driver Kyle Marcelli to receive its 2019 AARDA Champion Award at the organization’s 19th annual spring fundraiser, “Bound by a Common Thread,” on May 11 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The award is presented to individuals or organizations that have championed the mission of AARDA to eradicate autoimmune disease (AD), and alleviate the suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical, and efficient manner. 

Marcelli is being honored for driving autoimmune awareness down new roads, reaching new audiences.  Since 2016, he has lent his name and celebrity to bring greater attention to the trailblazing work of autoimmune organizations, including AARDA, Race for RP, and the Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute.  He has participated in numerous awareness-raising and fund-raising events and projects, and raced with the logos of autoimmune organizations emblazoned on his race helmet, race suit and winning vehicles. 

“I have an aunt that suffered with [type 1] diabetes,” says Marcelli, “a close friend with relapsing polychondritis, and another close friend with lupus.  And these are some of the most positive people in my life. … Being a race car driver is my dream, my passion.  Now, it’s given me the opportunity to promote something close to my heart.”  

“There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases affecting one in every five Americans and currently zero cures,” says AARDA President and Executive Director Virginia T. Ladd.  “Awareness continues to be a priority for earlier diagnosis and treatment.  We are thankful for all that Kyle has done over the years to make an impact.”  

Bound by a Common Thread also will feature a VIP Reception with Marcelli, a silent auction, and a fashion show in partnership with the Wayne State University Fashion Design and Merchandising program.   Tickets are available at or by calling (586) 776-3900.  

To learn more about Kyle Marcelli, please visit 

Founded in 1991, AARDA is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing a national focus to autoimmunity as a category of disease and a major women’s health issue – approximately 75 percent of autoimmune disease sufferers are women.  Visit to learn more. 


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