One of the problems with arthritis is that it’s so common. There are over 50 million people in the U.S. alone who are diagnosed with some type of arthritis. You’d think with that many people suffering from the disease that arthritis research would be well funded.
But, it’s so common that people don’t think about it. “This disease doesn’t get the attention it needs.” So says Julie Jessis in an interview with reporter Jeremy C. Ruark, of the Seaside Signal, the newspaper of Seaside, Oregon.
It seems that Julie, and her husband, Dan, are not ones to sit down when a job needs to be done. They are preparing for a bike ride along the rugged Oregon coast, to raise money for arthritis research.
“The culture of prevention and maintenance care is lacking,” agrees Tai Lee, Arthritis Foundation director of corporate development. “People don’t want to think about it. They look away from it. We are trying to open peoples’ eyes about this disease.”
The People’s Coast Classic – this year held September 11th – 16th – is divided into three bike rides: Julie and Dan will take the longer 6-day, 850 mile ride from Astoria to Brookings; others will do a 2-day, 250 mile ride from Astoria to Newport and the third ride is 4-days, 210 miles from Newport to Brookings.
“The program is customized for individuals of all fitness levels, even for people who have never participated in, or completed, a bike tour,” explained Lee. “And we are encouraging the riders to slow down, and enjoy the Oregon coast as they ride.”
“The actual bike tour is a symbolic effort of our commitment to the Arthritis Foundation’s mission,” noted Lee.” Each rider is required to raise the minimum fundraising goal. We assure our donors that all of the raised funds will go directly to programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation. It is important that the donors know that their dollars will make an important difference in the lives of arthritis sufferers.”
Julie and Dan’s commitment, along with that of the other participating bikers, to the People’s Coast Classic bike ride just shows that there is always something each one of us can do to assist those who are suffering in our world. The UGLee Pen was designed by me for just that purpose. Anyone who has arthritis knows the difficulties of doing the simplest everyday tasks. Now, with this scientifically-designed ergonomic pen, writing does not have to be one of them. This pen makes any kind of writing easy, comfortable, and even relaxing.
(Photo credit – thepeoplescoastclassic.org)