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The Walk To Fight Arthritis - The Arthritis Society's Annual Fundraiser

The Walk To Fight Arthritis is The Arthritis Society's signature fundraising event. It is being held annually in June in various cities across Canada. The Walk is sponsored by the makers of TYLENOL. Please consider walking and/or donating to this worthy cause.

The Mississauga News wrote a story about the 2013 Walk and I am mentioned in it.

MISSISSAUGA — Mississauga residents can do their part in the fight against arthritis on June 9.

That's when the 4th annual Walk to Fight Arthritis takes place across Canada. In Mississauga, the event is being held at Mississauga Valley Park, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd. The walk will begin at 11 a.m.

The walk emphasizes the importance of keeping active to help manage arthritis symptoms, organizers say. Participants can choose either a one- or five-kilometre route.  

The Mississauga walk boasted 280 participants last year, a 40 per cent increase from 2011. Some 7,200 participants across Canada raised $1.5 million for The Arthritis Society last year.

Jason Reid, co-chair of the walk, is a Mississauga resident who has lived with arthritis since he was eight. He believes the event is a great way to spread awareness.

"I really believe in a lot of the programs The Arthritis Society has to offer," said Reid. "However, the event is important because in addition to raising money, the walk also makes people more aware of The Arthritis Society."

Another committee member, Tom Cunningham, is a former Mississauga resident who was diagnosed at age five. He says he is forever grateful to The Arthritis Society for the free services it provides him.

"I'll remember my physiotherapist's name forever," Cunningham said. "The Arthritis Society offers such valuable services, which really helped me as a child suffering from the disease."

More than 4.6 million Canadians live with arthritis.  

The Arthritis Society is by far the best resource for accurate information about arthritis. Since I developed arthritis at the age of 5, my mother dealt with them a lot. She says that they were the most important resource she had.

"The Arthritis Society is Canada’s principal arthritis health charity empowering the nearly 4.5 million Canadians with arthritis to live their lives to the fullest by combating the daily limitations of arthritis. In the last 60 years, The Society has invested more than $175 million towards arthritis research to develop better treatments and, ultimately, find a cure. We do this by focusing our efforts on three key areas:

Research – The Arthritis Society is committed to finding a cure for arthritis and has invested more than $175 million towards arthritis research to date.

Education & Services – The Arthritis Society is dedicated to offering a broad range of education and services across Canada to enable people to be the best possible managers of their arthritis.

Advocacy – The Arthritis Society promotes the creation and implementation of favourable public policies and programs as part of its mandate to provide quality of life for those living with arthritis."

There are over 100 forms of arthritis and about 4.5 million Canadians suffer from it.

The Society uses the presentations below for their public workshops. There is a LOT of valuable information in these presentations.

If you suffer from any of the 100+ forms of arthritis, consider taking the Arthritis Self-Management Program. It is a 6 week course that covers a wide spectrum of topics about how to live with arthritis.

Introduction To Arthritis

Arthritis Society Understanding Arthritis

Chronic Pain Management Workshop

Arthritis Society Exercise Control Over Arthritis

Below: Promotional videos for the Mississauga Walk To Fight Arthritis by some of the organizing committee members.

The 80 Year Old Teenager is a blog of a teenager living with arthritis. 

At Arthritis Awareness Month's Stronger Still: Celebrating achievements in living well with arthritis event. From left to right: Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia (Rheumatologist), Jean McKellar (Physiotherapist), Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga Ward 5 Councillor), Pamela Jarvis (Arthritis sufferer)

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