CINCINNATI, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Help find a cure by participating in and fundraising for the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 18 at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati. Formerly Arthritis Walk, Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's signature, national fundraising event to prevent, control and cure the nation's leading cause of disability.
The Cincinnati Walk to Cure Arthritis will feature local honorees who will share their inspirational stories about their battles with arthritis. This year's honorees include:
- Aislin Sowder, age five, was diagnosed at just three years old with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Uveitis, an inflammation of the eye caused by her arthritis. After suffering pain that made it difficult for her to move her neck or head, she started receiving treatment and now enjoys participating in tumbling and karate.
- Leland Angel, age four, was diagnosed with Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, the most common type of JIA. Through treatment, Leland's parents were able to manage his symptoms – he now participates in soccer, t-ball and swimming.
- Kolton Commons, age nine, was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) involving 18 joints after suffering from morning stiffness. Knowing that movement is the best medicine, Kolton continues to participate in activities such as football, wrestling and baseball.
- Tess-Remy Detty, age 17, was diagnosed at an early age with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. While she still experiences daily pain and fatigue, she manages to maintain an active lifestyle by trading in running for walking; gymnastics with Pilates and instead of golfing, she swims.
- Melissa Mutter was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Hip Dysplasia, causing complete loss of cartilage in her left hip and very little remaining in her right hip. After a hip replacement and extensive physical therapy, she now has a goal of walking the entire 5K at the Walk to Cure Arthritis.
Arthritis is a crippling disease that impacts more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children – or approximately 22 percent of the United States population. The disease costs the U.S. economy $128 billion dollars a year, and is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Funds raised through the Cincinnati Walk to Cure Arthritis will go toward programs, research and advocacy initiatives to help people today while finding a cure for tomorrow.
"Arthritis is costly, painful and debilitating, and makes a significant impact in the lives of people in your community," says Walk Committee Chair, David Cochran. "By participating in and raising funds for Cincinnati's Walk to Cure Arthritis, you will help us reach our goal of raising $195,150 to remove the burden of arthritis entirely by bringing us closer to a cure."
To learn more and register for the Cincinnati Walk to Cure Arthritis, visit www.arthritiswalkgreatercincinnati.kintera.org or contact Barb Precht at email@example.com or 513-399-8091. To learn more about the fight to cure arthritis, visit http://www.arthritis.org. The walk is nationally presented by Amgen with additional support from Massage Envy Spa.
About the Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.
SOURCE Arthritis Foundation