News from Michigan


Being a kid with arthritis isn’t easy – but the Arthritis Foundation is here to help.

Yes, kids get arthritis too.  In fact, 300,000 kids in the U.S. have arthritis – including 10,300 in Michigan. More children have been diagnosed with arthritis than cystic fibrosis and juvenile diabetes combined.  The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that raises funds to fight arthritis.  Click here to read about our brave honorees in Michigan and what you can do to make a differences in the lives of children living with arthritis.


Did you know there are several online tools to help you better manage your arthritis?  Click here to learn more about these tools start using them in your fight against arthritis!  Tools include:

  • Online Slideshows
  • Track + React
  • Arthritis Weather Index
  • Drug Guide
  • Arthritis Self-Management Program


The Power of Our Voices: A First Time Advocacy Summit Experience

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the annual Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.  where adults and children affected by arthritis come from every corner of the United States to learn how to effectively speak about arthritis advocacy priorities and build continuing relationships with their members of Congress and their staff.  Read more about Caitlin’s first time experience at the Advocacy Summit and what our advocates accomplished.



Jacki Barger, LPN, Orthopaedic Educator, University Hospitals - Geauga Medical Center, answers the following questions:I have osteoarthritis in my knee. My physician is suggesting that I consider a joint replacement in the next six months. Are there exercises or other things I can do to get ready for surgery?  And what about exercising after the surgery?  Click here to read the answers.


The One-of-a-Kind Juvenile Arthritis Conference

The Juvenile Arthritis Conference is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, nationwide event for families affected by juvenile arthritis. Join us for this four-day educational event that focuses on health, wellness and fun for children affected by arthritis, lupus, myositis, ankylosing spondylitis and other rheumatic diseases. The whole family is invited! Specific educational tracks focus on issues relating to parents, teens and young adults, children affected by arthritis and their siblings. 

This Juvenile Arthritis Conference offers a chance to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn new techniques for managing juvenile arthritis and have fun!  Click here for more information and to register.



2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Honoree

One of our Arthritis Foundation Great Lakes Region volunteers, Mayro Kanning, is the 2014 National Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree.  Mayro has lived 34 years or nearly half her life with rheumatoid arthritis.  Her volunteerism with the Arthritis Foundation’s Ohio River Valley market is extraordinary and her Arthritis Walk team – Mayro’s Milers - has raised more than $264,000 since 2003.  Click here to sign up for a walk in your area today and join Mayro in her efforts  to raise money and awareness for the 53 million adults and 300,000 children living with America’s number one cause of disability.


Great Lakes Region Researcher Headed to Paris to Present Poster at OARSI Conference

Veronica Ulici, MD, Ph.D, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and an Arthritis Foundation-funded researcher, will present a poster in Paris, France later this month about her research on molecular changes to cartilage in post-traumatic osteoarthritis, or arthritis that results from an injury to a joint.  Click here to read more about this important research.



Cedar Point Supports Walk to Cure Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation and Cedar Point are AGAIN partnering this year for THREE great ticket promotions to raise funds to support children and adults who live daily with arthritis pain. America’s Roller Coast is offering pre-season tickets for $41.00, an amazing $18.99 off the gate entry price. $3 of every ticket sold benefits The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis. Tickets can be purchased now through May 31st online at At the prompts, please use the following:

 Username: arthritis (all lowercase) Password: 2014

You will be sent to the page to purchase your tickets at the discounted price! Your special ticket pricing shows up under the “special events” tab on this page. Tickets are valid any day at Cedar Point from May 10 through June 15, 2014. Questions? Please call 614-876-8200 or email

Stay tuned for the next great promotion that will start on June 1st! More information to come.


Shop at and Earn Money for the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region

If you shop at, here’s something you should know! You have the opportunity to buy items and help the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region at the same time through the AmazonSmile Program. Please go to and start shopping. The region will receive 0.5 percent of your total purchases! Almost all physical purchases will count; however, Kindle books and some subscriptions do not. Thanks and happy purchasing!


Special Thank You!

Thank you to our 2014 Region Walk to Cure Arthritis Sponsor Abbvie.  We are thankful for your commitment to the Arthritis Foundation and the 53 million people living with arthritis.

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