It’s odd to say Arthritis Awareness, because if you have one of the over 100 medical conditions that fall under the diagnosis of Arthritis you are probably aware of arthritis everyday and every night. While no cure for arthritis has been developed yet, with much research, medical science has improved its understanding for the causes of arthritis and better treatments including new medications for pain and inflammation relief have been developed. Exercise that emphasizes stretching, strengthening, and cardiovascular has an important role in the improvement and continuing function of daily activities. The Arthritis Foundation sponsors research, educational programs, exercise programs, public awareness and advocacy efforts in Congress. Through their Live Yes Program, The Arthritis Foundation offers several resources and virtual events to help people manage their disease and live their best life with arthritis by keeping people informed on new products, diet, exercise and medications.
Arthritis affects over 54 million people in the US and two-thirds are under the age of 65. Over 300,000 families deal with arthritis in children under the age of 16. The Arthritis Foundation has been fighting juvenile arthritis and supporting families for more than 60 years. Every year they invest more than $4.5 million in outreach and research that advances treatments and will lead to a cure. Two of our exercise classes are sponsored through the Arthritis Foundation: Basic Water Aerobics on Tuesday/Thursdays at 9:30, Sit and Stand Class Tuesday/Thursdays in the PAC at 11. Interest in the Arthritis Foundation exercise programs brought Mary Hand to teach classes at Kirby Pines ten years ago.
In support of the Arthritis Foundation, we are planning a Bake Sale on May 18 from 9 to 2 and our own Walk to Cure here at Kirby Pines on May 25 at 10:30. We need your help. Baked goods for the sale, volunteers to run the sale, and customers to purchase our delicious offerings. Then on the day of our walk we will need volunteers to help at our registration table and walkers to participate. We will have a course marked for around the lake and another course for inside walkers. Water and healthy refreshments will be served following the walk. Please join with our family at Kirby Pines to support the Arthritis Foundation with financial gifts and physical support.
Last year we raised over $1000 for the Arthritis Foundation. We can make a difference when we team up to Walk to Cure Arthritis. Let’s show our support physically and financially.
How can you help? Here is what we need:
May 18th – Bakers and bringers of goodies, helpers for set up and sales, and customers.
Participants for the walk on May 25th. Sign up with Mary Hand in the Oasis or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributors and supporters
Volunteers to help with registration and serving refreshments for the walk at Kirby Pines May 25th.
Thank you for making this fundraiser a success every year.