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Molly Young
Kentucky Branch Director
Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region
2908 Brownsboro Road, Suite 117
Louisville, KY  40206
myoung@arthritis.org
502-585-1866
502-585-1657 (fax)

 ARTHRTIS FOUNDATION’S LOUISVILLE ARTHRITIS WALK KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 AT SLUGGER FIELD

 Event Raises Awareness and Funds to Cure Arthritis

LOUISVILLE – Lace up your sneakers and step off to raise funds to cure arthritis at the Louisville Arthritis Walk, Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Louisville Slugger Field, 401 East Main St., Louisville, KY, 40202. Registration opens at 9 a.m.

The non-competitive 5K walk (3.1 miles), with a one-mile option, is expected to raise $62,000 to support local Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research that hopefully will lead to a cure.

Walk honorees include Shannon Brogan, 37, who lives in Frankfort, KY, and has fibromyalgia; Tina Coleman, 48, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lives in Louisville; and Lydia Neill, 7, of Corydon, IN, who was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) at age one.

“Unfortunately living with rheumatoid arthritis means I have to take medicine for the rest of my life,” Coleman said.  But this disease has taught me to never take the simple things you do in life for granted…such as running, raising your hands or even hugging the ones you love because your life can change in an instance. Never give up.”

More than one million people of all ages in Kentucky have been diagnosed with arthritis, that’s 32 percent of the state’s adults. Kentucky ranks second in the country for the highest incidence of arthritis in adults. And nearly 4,000 children in the state have been diagnosed with arthritis.

Fibromyalgia affects about five million Americans and is a condition associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. Rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic autoimmune disease, affects 1.5 million Americans. Women are two to three times more likely to get RA than men. RA can affect more than joints. The heart, lungs, eyes, blood vessels, nervous system and more can be involved. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children, more than the number of children affected with juvenile diabetes and cystic fibrosis combined.

DDW The Color House is the local Louisville Walk Advocacy & Awareness Sponsor. National Arthritis Walk sponsors include Amgen, Pfizer, Massage Envy and Zimmer.

Festivities include a Kids Zone with face-painting, crafts and games, Wall of Heroes, a health fair, door prizes, Arthritis Foundation advocacy materials and literature, live entertainment and an iPad Mini raffle.

Sign up as an individual walker or form a Walk team of family members, friends or co-workers. Walkers who raise $100 or more receive an official Walk T-shirt! For information about sponsorship opportunities or to register, contact Molly Young, Kentucky Branch Director, at 502-585-1866 or toll-free at 1-800-383-6843 or myoung@arthritis.org.  Or register online at: www.arthritiswalklouisville.kintera.org.

The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability.  To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

Media interested in interviewing Tina, Shannon or Lydia, please call Molly Young at 502-585-1866 or email myoung@arthritis.org

 

 

 

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