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FORT WAYNE ARTHRITIS WALK

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Join the fight against the nation's leading cause of disability by taking part in the Fort Wayne Arthritis Walk on May 4, 2012 at Headwaters Park at 2:00 pm. The Arthritis Walk is an annual event held by the Arthritis Foundation to raise funds to fight arthritis and spread the message that regular movement can limit the impact of arthritis.

Arthritis affects 50 million Americans, which is one in every five adults. While often associated with old age, arthritis can affect men, women and children of any age. In fact, there are currently 300,000 children in the U.S. living with arthritis. In Indiana alone, 1,356,000 are estimated to be affected by arthritis.

More than just aches and pains, arthritis is a chronic condition that can make everyday activities such as getting dressed and preparing food seem almost impossible. The Arthritis Walk is a way to conquer this debilitating and unacceptable disease by raising funds for arthritis research, education and programs in communities across the country.

The Arthritis Walk also celebrates year-round movement as a means of preventing and treating arthritis. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day can be effective in reducing pain, stiffness and inflammation and improving mobility. According to local Arthritis Walk coordinator Beth Harsch, "Sometimes starting an exercise program can seem difficult, but it's important for people to realize they can start slow and have fun. The Arthritis Walk is a great way to get some exercise with family and friends while raising critical funds to fight arthritis."

The Fort Wayne Arthritis Walk will feature two honorees – Gracie Hann and Christina Delgado and. Gracie is 11 years old, bright, energetic, and always ready to take on a new challenge. She was first diagnosed with JRA at the age of 2. Christina is a sixteen year old sophomore who was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) at the age of four.

To learn more and register for the Fort Wayne Arthritis Walk, visit fortwaynewalk.org or contact Beth Harsch at (574) 251-1424. To learn more about how movement can help prevent and treat arthritis, visit www.letsmovetogether.org.

About the Arthritis Foundation: Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information. Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.

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