Posted by: ugleepen | April 22, 2015

Arthritis Foundation’s 2015 “Walk to Cure Arthritis” Begins April 25

Walk to CureThe 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis begins in some locations on Saturday, April 25, and is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual community national fundraising 5K walk event.

The funds raised from the 5K support the Foundation’s nonprofit mission and research aimed at finding a cure for arthritis, America’s leading cause of disability.

Whether you have a family member or loved one who suffers from arthritis, or are simply looking for a walking or running event for charity, the Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to get moving in support of a worthwhile cause.

Arthritis is actually a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders.

Of the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis, more than 36 million are Caucasians, more than 4.6 million are African-Americans and 2.9 million are Hispanic.

Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.

Arthritis can take many forms, but three of the common diseases that make up arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is a progressive degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage associated with risk factors, such as overweight/obesity, history of joint injury and age.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a systemic disease is characterized by the inflammation of the membranes lining the joint, which causes pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling and sometimes severe joint damage
  • Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger

Each state will be holding Walk to Cure Arthritis events.  Most are held in May, but some locations will be holding their 5Ks as late as September and October.

Whether you’re in Houston, Boston, New Orleans or Seattle, there’s a local Walk to Cure Arthritis for you. Find a 5K walk event near you and help the Arthritis Foundation find a cure for arthritis.

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