Join the Team for a Cure – The Arthritis Walk

Mar 1, 2013, 6 a.m.

Let’s move together to fight for a cure this spring by participating in the Arthritis Foundation Central PA Office’s 2013 Capital Area Arthritis Walk on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

The Arthritis Walk is a non-competitive, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile), or 1-mile course with varying distance options to accommodate all levels of fitness. The event also features several fun festivities and a Health Expo.

Individual walkers and teams are encouraged to walk in honor of a loved one with arthritis, while men, women, and children living with arthritis lead the way, wearing special blue honoree hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. Individuals who raise $100 or more will receive a t-shirt.

Arthritis affects more people than you might imagine. There are 50 million men and women in the United States with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That’s 50 million reasons to care. That’s 50 million reasons to walk.

Children are also affected. Nationwide, there are more than 300,000 children who suffer from a form of juvenile arthritis, 11,500 of which live in Pennsylvania.

Funds raised from the Arthritis Walk support hundreds of programs to help people prevent and control arthritis. It also funds promising arthritis research that is critical to finding new therapies, treatments, and eventually a cure for arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control, and cure arthritis and related diseases. The Arthritis Foundation also provides a large number of community-based services located nationwide to make life with arthritis easier and less painful.

By joining our 2013 Arthritis Walk, you become a part of the Let’s Move Together movement, a nationwide movement led by the Arthritis Foundation that encourages people to move every day to prevent or treat arthritis.

Make a difference in the lives of those with arthritis by joining the movement and signing up to participate in the Capital Area Arthritis Walk at Hersheypark on May 18. There is no cost to walk through the park for the Arthritis Walk; however, if you would like to enjoy the park for the whole day, a park ticket is required. Any individual that raises $200 or more will receive a free ticket for the day.

There will also be a free Health Expo with lunch provided for all walkers. The Health Expo and lunch are also open to the general public. Parking for this event is also free.

You may register online at www.arthritiswalkcapitalarea.kintera.org. For more information on the Arthritis Walk, please contact Douglas Knepp at dknepp@arthritis.org or (717) 884-7525.

For information on the Health Expo, please contact Joan McCabe at jmcabe@arthritis.org or (717) 884-7524.

Together we can change lives, and we look forward to seeing you at the Arthritis Walk in May.

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