Walk To Fight Arthritis - Pamela Jarvis Featured in mississauga.com article
The Walk To Fight Arthritis is being held June 10th in over 20 cities across Canada. The event raised over $1.3M in 2011.
Pamela Jarvis was featured in an article in a mississauga.com online article about her walk.
Residents take steps to fight arthritis
Mississaugans will take steps on June 10 in the fight against arthritis.
On that day, supporters in communities across Canada will participate in The Arthritis Society's Walk to Fight Arthritis to help raise funds and awareness for one of the leading causes of disability in Canada.
The disease, which many mistakenly associate with the elderly, is most prominent in those under age 65, and for Mississauga resident Pamela Jarvis, this knowledge has come firsthand. Diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 11, Jarvis not only endured the physical pain of the condition, but also the isolation that comes from not being able to function like other kids.
"I remember sitting on the porch alone, watching the other kids play," she said. "I couldn’t run and skip and play like they did ... at school, I was often accused of faking my disease so I could get out of taking gym class."
Jarvis recalled how The Arthritis Society was there for her at that young age, and provided her with physiotherapists and social workers to help her understand and manage her arthritis.Jarvis is among those who'll take part in the fundraising walk, which is being held at Mississauga Valley Park. It starts at 10 a.m.
"The Arthritis Society has been a huge help to me over the years," said Jarvis. "That’s why I’m walking, and why I encourage others to walk also."