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Walk To Fight Arthritis

Sign-Up Now for April 29th Event.

Walk for a cure, walk to be healthy, walk to keep your joints moving, walk for the millions affected by this painful and debilitating disease.  Join Honorary Walk Chair, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Walk Co-Chairs Cheri and Don Fleming to take action against arthritis by participating in the 2007 Arthritis Walk.  The annual nationwide event kicks off in late April and May during national Arthritis Month, raising funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. 

 

The Santa Clarita Arthritis Walk will take place on April 29, 2007 at Bridgeport Community Park.  To get involved or form a walk team, visit www.scvarthritiswalk.kintera.org or call 818-995-7378.  Major sponsors to date include: Valencia Acura, AT&T, Poole & Schaffery, LLP, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Comfort Keepers, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, GG Industries, LANDCO, Affordable Quality Moving and Storage, Central Casting, City of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita Concrete, Santa Clarita Studios, Triple C Electric, WaMu, Newhall Land, Remo, Contractors Benefits, SCV Bank, CBS2/KCAL9, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, The Signal, SCV Living Magazine, and KHTS AM 1220.

 

Arthritis or chronic joint symptoms are more widespread than imagined, affecting 66 million Americans, or one out of three adults and approximately 300,000 children.  Here in Santa Clarita, arthritis affects more than 35,000 people. 

 

“The Arthritis Foundation is here to help people with arthritis take a more active role in managing their disease.  Participating in the Arthritis Walk can be a first step toward the healthy lifestyle that may help prevent or control arthritis,” said John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation.

 

The Arthritis Walk takes place in communities nationwide each April and May in conjunction with National Arthritis Month.  There are more than 400 local Arthritis Walks, each featuring a three-mile and one-mile course.  Participants can walk for a friend or a family member with arthritis, while people with arthritis wear blue hats to signify they are walking to take control of their arthritis.  In Santa Clarita, pet owners are invited to bring their leashed dogs to walk with them at the event.  

 

In 2006, more than 75,000 walkers participated and helped raise money to fund arthritis research, health education and government advocacy efforts to improve the lives of those living with arthritis.

 

The national presenting sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Walk is Aleve®, marketed by Bayer Consumer Care.  Other national sponsors include Nature Made® TripleFlex™, Pfizer Animal Health Rimadyl, Biomet and Arthritis Today magazine. 

 

The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, not-for-profit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases -- the nation's number one cause of disability. For more information on arthritis, to volunteer or to build an Arthritis Walk team, visit www.scvarthritiswalk.kintera.org or call 818-995-7378.