The Penguin Paddle is a 5K swim that raises funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. Individuals are encouraged to swim a full 5,000 meters but are welcome to pick a distance of their choice: 400m, 800m, 1600m, etc and must be complete by 10:30am. The Penguin Paddle was founded by Virg Jones, a former member of the Arthritis Foundation's Board of Directors who was physically unable to run or walk a 5K but was fully able to swim it.
Art for Arthritis pairs 15 local children affected by juvenile arthritis with area artists to spend a summer together creating unique pieces of art. The art is auctioned off at the Art for Arthritis art auction to raise money for nationwide arthritis research and advocacy, as well as local programs and services.
Bone Bash & Dash is a 5K run/walk and family festival that benefits the Arthritis Foundation. The Bone Bash & Dash is a family oriented event that will feature trick-or-treating, hay rides, a costume contest and much more. Participants are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes as they run and raise funds in support of the 50 million Americans and 400,000 Kansas Citians living with arthritis. Few running events are quite like this one, as it’s the one of the only runs in Kansas City to take place entirely indoors.
Having a child with a chronic illness is stressful for Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters. How do you fight that stress? With a little FUN! It’s time for a family getaway especially geared towards the needs of families with children affected by arthritis, to participate in educational and recreational activities and share experiences in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. This weekend program is designed so that parents and children can enjoy time together and separately with their peers. The event includes lunch and dinner.