What It Is
RA stands for rheumatoid arthritis, a type of arthritis that affects 1.5 million people in the United States. RA is an autoimmune disease that causes destructive inflammation in the lining of the joints. Auto refers to self, immune refers to the immune system. The purpose of the immune system is to protect us from invaders like cold or flu viruses. In the case of autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks our own healthy cells as it would a cold or flu virus. Anyone can develop arthritis; it affects people world-wide. There are variations, though. Women are much more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of women with RA has increased in recent years (2.5% increase per year) while the incidence in men has decreased somewhat (.5%). It is an ancient disease, as well. X-rays done on bones dating from 4500 BC show bone damage around joints identical to that of RA.
Stephen Smiles, MD, Rheumatologist at New York University Langone Medical Center and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Northeast Regional Reporter describes symptoms of RA: “Rheumatoid arthritis is a symmetrical (affecting both sides of the body) and inflammatory disease. It causes inflammation in both large and small joints. The patient will experience significant stiffness in the morning which increases as time goes on. There will be pain and swelling of joints plus increasing feeling of warmth and redness over the same joints, all of which lead to problems in functioning.Very ofthen there will be a history of various complaints such as fever, malaise, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, and / or nodules frequently found in the area of the elbows. This constellation of symptoms alerts a doctor to consider the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.”
Caption: Rheumatoid arthritis affects people of all ages and people from around the world.
What Is Known, What Is Not Known
For all that is known about RA -- who it affects, its signs and symptoms, how to treat it -- the disease continues to puzzle scientists. Here are a few examples. It is known that genes play a role in the development of RA in an individual, but what role? What combination of genes and environment starts the autoimmune process? And, why are women much more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than men? Dr. Smiles comments that, “When the puzzle of why, when, what, and how gets put together to understand the cause or causes of rheumatoid arthritis we will be able to provide much more targeted therapy. It has become increasingly clear that RA varies greatly from one person to another. That may be why not all therapies work in all patients. We hope that science will find identifiable groupings of types of RA. This will make the choices of therapies much more directed for each individual.”
Caption: Because it often affects the hands and fingers, having RA can make drinking a cup of coffee a difficult and painful action.
In the Future
The introduction of biologics in 1998 transformed the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Quickly, these treatments came into widespread use. As Dr. Smiles noted, scientific work continues in order to improve and hone treatments and to develop new strategies for treatment. Some of this research is based on the concept of personalized medicine, which is the ability to precisely match an individual patient with a particular treatment. That will be a new and exciting day for people who have rheumatoid arthritis.
Learn more about rheumatoid arthritis. Click on these links below for additional information on various aspects of RA.
~~For details on treatments in development click here.
~~For insights into personalized medicine click here.
Jennifer Horonjeff’s association as a volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation spans three states and the nation’s capital, but that is only part of the reason why she will receive The James May Award for Young Adult Leadership at the national Juvenile Arthritis Conference in St. Louis, Missouri from July 19 to 22, 2012.
Jen, as she is known to her friends and associates, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 11 months old. Arthritis notwithstanding, her accomplishments are many. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance, is a certified Pilates instructor, and is a PhD candidate in Ergonomics* and Biomechanics at New York University. And, because of her arthritis, she is deeply involved with the Arthritis Foundation, committed to helping others to achieve their highest and most far reaching goals.
Here are some examples of how living with arthritis has guided Jen’s professional and Arthritis Foundation volunteer interests:
• As a young professional she has conducted research on physical activity, school and workplace ergonomic interventions, and psychosocial factors associated with rheumatic disease.
• As an Arthritis Foundation volunteer she has worked since 2004 with the Arthritis Foundation in Massachusetts, California, and New York; served as Chair of the Young Adult Program for the Juvenile Arthritis Conference in 2011 and serves in that role again this year; is a member of the Young Adult Connect Work Group for Northeast Region; and is an Advocacy Ambassador and regular participant in the Advocacy Summits in Washington, DC.
The James May Award for Young Adult Leadership is presented to the young adult (ages 18 - 30) who has shown exceptional leadership with the Arthritis Foundation, who has served as an advocate and role model for other young people with rheumatic diseases, and has demonstrated personal growth and strong ongoing commitment to improving the lives of all people with arthritis. The selection committee looks for the person who has had a positive impact on the national, regional, and local level.
In all aspects of her life, Jen strives to provide those with arthritis the tools necessary to be successful, confident individuals. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized for this award,” comments Jen. “More than that, I am grateful for all the opportunities to give back and flourish in such an amazing community of people. Being involved with the arthritis community has truly given my life greater purpose, turning my disease into a calling. It sounds cheesy, but each opportunity to connect young people with arthritis is a chance to empower them and, hopefully, help them find the same fulfillment I have found. Honestly there is no reward greater than that.”
Congratulations, Jennifer. Well done!
*Jen explains ergonomics: “Ergonomics is the science of taking the objects and surroundings in a person's life and adapting them to fit how the person uses them and needs them to fit. Simply put, you're adapting things to the person, not adapting the person to things. With appropriate modifications, this can allow most anyone to carry out any task at work, home, play, or elsewhere, regardless of disease, injury or disability.”
It’s social, it’s fun, and it is explicitly for young adults (18 to 30’s) who have arthritis. The first gathering, an evening of fun, food, and conversation, took place May 12, 2012 at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studio in midtown Manhattan.
The next occasion is being planned now, so become a part of this group or tell a young adult with arthritis who you know about how to get involved. By participating, you will get to know others who understand life with arthritis.
Alison Boyle, who has had arthritis since she was six, is a member of Young Adult Connect. This is why she has joined: “Young adults who have arthritis are looking for other young adults to talk to about their experiences. You can’t talk about it with just anyone. Now I can keep in touch online and through Facebook. It’s a network of people which has enriched my life.”
Find out more and join Young Adult Connect by calling (212) 984-8730 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin O’Rourke believes in reaching out, taking the initiative, which is what she was doing in May 2012, when something totally unexpected happened. “I was simply completing my Ambassador’s task for April and May, which was to contact the office of one of my Senators, Kirsten Gillibrand, in support of maintaining arthritis research funding in the Department of Defense,” Erin says in telling the story. “I was referred to Rachel Meyer, who then invited me to testify at an open hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Everything just took off from there.”
Erin teamed up with fellow Advocate and Long Island neighbor, Mark Haubner. And on Wednesday, June 6, Mark testified in Washington, DC. Due to Mark’s advocacy and public speaking experience, they decided that Mark would testify, with Erin participating from the audience. The remarks began with these words: “We are here today as Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Ambassadors and as concerned citizens representing 50 million Americans with arthritis. One out of five Americans suffer from the life-changing chronic illness of arthritis which is the number one cause of disability in the United States today. Erin and I hope that our comments today give voice to this very important request in support of peer reviewed, competitively awarded arthritis research funded by the Department of Defense.”
Caption: Photo op on Capitol Hil...Senator Daniel Inouye, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, is in the back row, left, along with Vice Chair Thad Cochran. Erin O'Rourke and Mark Haubner are in front.
Amy Melnick, Vice President for Public Policy, has high praise for Erin’s and Mark’s accomplishment. In a note to the two volunteers she wrote, “Thank you both for being such amazing Arthritis Ambassadors and taking your advocacy efforts to the next level. You make a great advocacy team and I look forward to working together to make sure Congress knows that ignoring arthritis is truly unacceptable!”
Erin and Mark’s passion for speaking out is influenced by their personal experience with arthritis. Mark has had osteoarthritis since he was 44: “The osteoarthritis prematurely forced me out of the workforce into unexpected retirement in my late 40’s. I am having my fifth total joint replacement next month. Also, I am not the first generation in my family to have arthritis, but the fourth because my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother lived with the same chronic disease.” Erin has rheumatoid arthritis: “When I was 34, I began having severe pain in my hands and fingers. I feel I’m lucky, because rheumatoid arthritis now is a treatable disease. It hasn’t stopped me. I even went sky diving a few years ago. It was a life-long dream, and I did it.”
Arthritis is life changing, without a doubt. Those changes can be surprising though, when it leads to something as noteworthy as speaking to members of the United States Senate. And remember, it all began with a phone call. The next time you are inclined to contact your elected officials, do so. It makes a difference.
Become familiar with the Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Program. Click here for more information. Then, we encourage you to join the team as an e-advocate. Guaranteed, you will find it a rewarding endeavor.
When your child has arthritis, questions arise. How do I work with the school? What words can I use to tell others about the arthritis that affects my child? How do I help with pain management?
These questions and more are open for discussion. With a simple phone call (1-855-552-4889) or email (email@example.com), you can contact the Parent 2 Parent (P2P) Network to talk with a parent mentor who also has a child with arthritis or other rheumatic disease. P2P mentors have completed a special training program in order to talk with you about school accommodations, self management strategies, self-esteem concerns, sibling rivalries, or other day-to-day issues that arise. P2P is a place to share emotions, as well; it is a place that will help a parent understand, “I am not alone.” Parent Mentor Cristina Caggiano reflects back to her experience with a child newly diagnosed: “I am so pleased that the P2P was started and am happy to be a part of it. I wish it existed when my daughter was first diagnosed so that I could have spoken to someone who could relate to what I was dealing with.” Shared experiences and common concerns are the heart of the Parent 2 Parent Network.
In addition, by contacting the P2P Network you will become part of the far reaching Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Network and…
• Receive a “Welcome Kit” with literature, a copy of the comprehensive book Raising a Child With Arthritis, and a microwavable stuffed animal to use to apply moist heat to your child’s painful joints.
• Receive notice of Arthritis Foundation programs and events, including JA family days, camps, and the annual national Juvenile Arthritis Conference.
• Become a part of the greater network of the Arthritis Foundation, including advocacy and other volunteer opportunities.
Parent 2 Parent is a service designed for you, your child, and your family. Contact P2P today at 1-855-552-4878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Parent Mentors of the Parent 2 Parent Network have completed a special training program.
We were 60 people strong from the Northeast Region for the National Advocacy Summit held over two days in April 2012 in Washington, DC. Arthritis Foundation Advocates and Ambassadors, including adults and children, came to the nation’s capital to petition the government for continued support for arthritis research. Participants met with elected officials from the House of Representatives and Senate on three advocacy priority areas: access to care, research, and prevention.
Why do we do this? The words of Zachary Mankowitz, 14 year old Youth Ambassador and Summit participant tell the story simply and profoundly. He says having arthritis feels, “painful, and challenging.” He wishes that people would understand “how real the pain feels all the time. The kids at school are not that empathetic.” For Zachary, the worst thing about arthritis is “the constant pain. There are many days when the first thing I feel when I wake up is how achy I am.” The best thing about arthritis? “ It has prepared me for facing other challenges in my life. Having arthritis has helped me become resourceful and resilient at a young age.” His hope for the future is “that there will be a cure, that everyone will get the treatment they need, and that people will all be understanding of each other.” That is Zachary in the picture on the left, on his way to meetings on Capitol Hill at the 2012 National Advocacy Summit.
You too can attend and, with Zachary, add your voice to our cause. Start now by becoming an Arthritis Foundation e-advocate. Click here to get started. Sign up today.
Caption: Zachary on his way to meetings on Capitol Hill.
Caption: Zachary at the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with Karina Cabrera, Health Legislative Assistant. Zachary and the 50 million children and adults with arthritis are why we go to Washington, DC. The National Advocacy Summit will be held again in 2013.
Amy Melnick, Vice President of Advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation comments on the recent judicial ruling in support of health care reform.
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, June 28, 2012 to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensuring more people with arthritis will have access to high-quality and affordable health care. The ACA, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, has been deemed constitutional. We have released an official response to the Court's decision and will be updating our Affordable Care Act website with additional in-depth analysis as we learn more.
The Arthritis Foundation, with the support of our advocates, has consistently supported the efforts of Congress to enact meaningful health care reform to address the health care needs of the 50 million men, women and children with arthritis. In 2010, the Arthritis Foundation established a set of health care reform principles that it delivered to Congress.
Since the passage of the ACA, many individuals with arthritis have already benefited from key reforms and patient protections such as:
• Prohibiting insurance companies from denying children coverage because of a pre-existing condition
• Eliminated lifetime caps on coverage, restricting annual coverage limits and capped yearly out-of-pocket expenses
• Provided coverage for dependents up to 26 years of age
• Lowered the cost of prescription drugs by 50% for seniors in the donut hole, which is a gap in coverage when people must pay more for their medications
Two Arthritis Foundation Advocates describe what the Affordable Care Act means to them: Relief. Continued Coverage. Less expensive medications for seniors.
Anita, Denver, Colorado, "I am on Medicare and have Part D prescription drug coverage. I am so relieved the decision supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I was so afraid that the current benefit for seniors who are in the donut hole would disappear. Right now, I am in the donut hole. I recently had to pay $640 as a co-pay for 5 days' worth of a drug. This was with the help of the new coverage. If the coverage had reverted to the original plan, I would have had to pay $960 for the drug. These drugs are life-saving drugs for me - I have both lupus and arthritis."
Janine, Placentia, California, "I am a 25-year-old student who is still on my parent's insurance. If the ACA went away I was very afraid I wouldn't be able to get insurance when I graduate due to my pre-existing condition of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It is an incredible relief that I can still stay on my parent's insurance for now and that my future coverage is not in question."
Lend your voice to Arthritis Foundation Advocacy and learn more about the Affordable Care Act: Click here.
Stay tuned…the Northeast Region is developing a new web-based patient education resource on medical research and clinical trials. Through videos, downloadable fact sheets, webinars, and other tools, the world of medical research and clinical trials will be brought directly to you. Medical research and clinical trials are key to
• developing new treatments
• uncovering who is susceptible to developing arthritis, and why
• finding a cure.
In the meantime, click here to find out about the Arthritis Internet Registry (AIR).
We are where you need us to be, which is in your community. The Arthritis Foundation works in partnership with hospitals, businesses, and local organizations to bring helpful and engaging programs to you. Read on to find out what is going on in Eastern Pennsylvania, Long Island, New Jersey, New York, Northeastern New York, and Upstate New York.
111 S. Independence Mall East
Suite 500 - Bourse Building
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Put your health on your calendar: The Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter will be hosting four Health Summits for Arthritis in the Fall 2012. Health Summits are educational events that provide specific information on rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and related treatment options. The summits will be held throughout eastern Pennsylvania in Allentown (Lehigh County), Plymouth Meeting (Montgomery County), Reading (Berks County), and Gloucester (NJ). Add your voice to the planning group by joining the Health Summit Committee. For more information please contact Danielle M. Stephens at email@example.com or 215-574-3060, ext. 112.
New and updated: New program sites are available. Recently, over 50 instructors have completed the training to lead the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. Please click here to find an exercise class near you.
Keep up to date: We all benefit when you “like” us on Facebook. The page is updated twice a week to keep you up to date on local news and initiatives. Do it now! A contest is underway to see how many “likes” we can get. You’ll be entered to win some great educational resources. Click here to go to the Facebook page.
501 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
Attend the Health and Wellness Day: Sponsored by State Senator Kemp Hannon (6th District), the event will be held on Thursday, September 20, from 9am to 1pm at the St. Paul School Field House, 295 Stewart Avenue, Garden City. There will be plenty of health information available -- stop by to visit the Arthritis Foundation table -- plus blood pressure screenings and flu shots. Come early! This is a popular occasion.
We Want You to Walk With Ease: Summertime is the time to get started with the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program. Walk With Ease is a self-guided walking program developed by the Arthritis Foundation that will help you get started walking and help you keep going. Walk With Ease can help reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, improve balance, build self confidence, and increase your overall physical activity and well being. We know this because Walk With Ease has been tested with people just like you participating in the study. You may walk on your own or with a companion. Bring your dog!
Walk With Ease comes complete with an easy-to-use guidebook and tools to help you succeed. Most of all, feeling better is fun and improves quality of life.
Here are convenient links to get you started.
~~The Walk With Ease starter kit (click here) includes the guidebook, a workbook, pedometer, reflective shoe wallet, wrist band, and drawstring bag. (It makes a great gift for a family member or friend, too.)
~~For those who are happy with basics, the Walk With Ease guidebook is available separately. Click here.
~~Try this! Track + React is a fun-to-use, online feature that helps you connect what you do with how you feel. Click here to start down the road of fitness awareness.
555 Route 1 South, Suite 320
Iselin, NJ 08830
It’s time for a Young Adult Get-away, and you are invited: Here are the details. The Young Adult Get-away is a free weekend event. You will gather at Camp Merry Heart in Hackettstown, NJ on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. These days-away feature socialization and networking, rock wall climbing, pool party, and campfire. There will be sessions on practical information on accommodations in college or the workplace and a “Make Your Voice Heard” session on access to care, medications, and research. The Young Adult Get-away is designed for those who are between 18 and 29 years old who have arthritis or other rheumatic disease. For further information contact Christine Citera at firstname.lastname@example.org or (732) 718-0623. Plan on having a good time. The Get-away is underwritten by a grant from the Hummingbird Foundation.
Visitors’ Day at Camp CHAT (Children Have Arthritis, Too) is Wednesday, July 25: On this occasion, Chef Seamus Mullen, pictured on left, will be joined by VIP Arthritis Foundation supporters. While at the camp, be sure to say thank you to representatives of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, New Jersey Lodge; David Hummel of the Hummingbird Foundation; the Fialkoff family; and representatives of Bristol-Myers Squibb for supporting Arthritis Foundation programs for children and young adults.
Photo caption: You may have seen Chef Mullen on TV as a finalist on The Next Iron Chef.
Hold the Date for JA Family Day -- Saturday, September 29. Contact the New Jersey Chapter at email@example.com for additional information and details.
122 East 42nd Street, 18th Floor
New York NY 10168-1898
You are invited to the new Monthly Educational Series beginning July 12, 2012 from 1pm to 2pm: Programs are open to the public and will be held at the New York Chapter office 122 E. 42 Street, 18 floor (corner of E. 42 St. and Lexington Avenue.) The programs will be offered on the 2nd Thursday of each month through December 2012. Topics vary and will be available at the following link (click here for link) as they are scheduled. Join us for our first program and learn about Nutrition for Anti-inflammation presented by Rana Ghaoui, Certified Health Coach.
It’s almost that time of year: The 12th Annual Charles L. Christian Symposium – the New York Chapter’s osteoarthritis program providing the latest in management and treatment options. – will be held from 10:30am to 2:00pm at Hospital for Special Surgery on Thursday, October 25, 2012. If you miss it, stay tuned…..a webcast of the session will be made available on our website.
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family”-- Anthony Brandt: Kids Get Arthritis, Too – Family Day 2012, will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Burke Rehabilitation Center, White Plains, NY. You are invited to enjoy and learn during a day of educational programs, workshops, activities, and fun focusing on families affected by juvenile arthritis. Meet other families, share stories, and learn more about the programs available at the New York Chapter. Perhaps there will even be some ghoulish, Halloween fun…
Diamond Reporting is a gem of a worksite! In honor of Arthritis Action Month, which is commemorated in May, Diamond Reporting invited the Arthritis Foundation to its offices to offer an Arthritis Basics for Change program and distributed Walk With Ease (WWE) Workbooks to all who attended. Diamond Reporting also holds the distinction of being the leading team for the 2011 Jingle Bell Run / Walk. Thanks to all at Diamond Reporting for your support of events and programs. This is Worksite Wellness at its best!
Upcoming Jingle Bell Run / Walk alert: Put December 1, 2012 on your calendar for the next NYC Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Riverside Park.
Northeastern New York
1717 Central Ave, Ste. 105
Albany, NY 12205
Series being held in Saratoga Springs: Come to the lovely town of Saratoga Springs for a series of programs aimed at helping you to live better, feel better. Sponsored by a grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Foundation, the programs will be held from 11:30am to 12:30pm on the first, second, and third Friday of every month starting in September. Attend for sessions covering chiropractic care, nutrition, and joint replacement surgery among many more topics. Health screenings will be held periodically. For information call the Northeastern New York Chapter at (518) 456-1203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upstate New York
3300 Monroe Ave, Ste 319
Rochester, NY 14618
Rochester MVP Health Care Marathon benefits the
Upstate New York Chapter
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2013, 7:30am
Marathon - Half Marathon - Marathon Relay
For additional Information please contact Jodi MacLean at email@example.com
To register for the Rochester Marathon click here.
Come to run, or come to cheer. Either way, come to this exciting event.
Chelsea Pelsone Fundraiser at Niagara Peach Festival to benefit the Arthritis Foundation: Join Chelsea Pelsone, Niagara County Peach Queen, (pictured on left) at a special fund raiser for the Arthritis Foundation on Sunday, July 15, 1 to 4pm, at Tin Pan Alley in Lewiston, NY. Your donation of $20 at the door, or $15 presale, provides you with a light lunch, participation in the basket auction, and live music. Bring the family to enjoy a great and entertaining afternoon.
Women on the Move celebrates…women of achievement
Women on the Move creates…awareness about women and arthritis
Women on the Move is a luncheon of renown, and all are welcome to attend.
Women on the Move will be held in…
New Jersey, Monday, July 23 at 12 noon, at Branches, in West Long Branch
This special occasion features a food tasting prepared by noted chefs and luncheon
Thanks are expressed to Honorees: Ginger Comstock, Owner of Bikram Yoga and CrossFit in Westfield
Tina Geider, Freelance Project Manager for the Pharmaceutical Industry
Carina Pologruto, General Manager, Executive Vice President, Client Services, Marketsmith, Inc.
Women on the Move will be held in…
Pennsylvania, Wednesday, August 8 at 11:30am, at Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia
This special occasion features a fashion show and luncheon
Thanks are expressed to Honorees:
Mary Pat Kessler, President of MP Connects, a Philadelphia based business development firm
Sonya Weigle, Founding Partner of ESmith Legacy, Inc. and Principal and Executive Consultant of Paradigm Group Consultants;
Women on the Move honors women who will not let arthritis stop them. Women on the Move rallies our community and solidifies our vision to improve lives through prevention, control and cure of arthritis.
Unique pendant created, just for Women on the Move
Renowned American jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris designed a special sterling silver and lapis stone pendant necklace for the Honorees of the Women on the Move Luncheon.
The design of the pendant is inspired by sacred geometry and symbolizes flow & movement. The back of each pendant is inscribed with the Women on the Move & Arthritis Foundation logo to commemorate the occasion.
Special thanks to Linda Fialkoff, creative director, Miriam Haskell, for her counsel on and contribution of the pendants presented to the honorees for the Women on the Move events in New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
A great success…Women on the Move was held in Manhattan on March 23, 2012. Honored were (left) Linda A. Russell, M.D., Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Alexis Chiang Colvin, M.D., Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Both honorees are wearing the Women on the Move pendant. Robert Lee Morris is in the center.
Thank you! Thank you for your support, contributions, and attendance at the Northeast Region’s 2012 Walks. There were 15 Walks with over 6000 lively participants. The events were headlined by fabulous and committed youth and adult honoree and extra-special medical honorees. With all working together, we raised over $1 million. That’s why we say thank you, because it takes many of us to raise the funds in order to make a difference.
Arthritis Foundation Walk and Motor Racing: David Dickerson, MD, medical honoree for the Walk in Monmouth County, NJ displays the Arthritis Foundation logo on his race car, Devil in the Dark. No, he did not drive it to the Walk but, maybe next year!
Cutting the ribbon on Long Island: It was a beautiful, sunny day in May when the three Walk honorees cut the ribbon at Belmont Lake State Park on Long Island. Pictured center (with the blue cap) is Medical Honoree David Weissberg, MD; to his left is Youth Honoree Kylie McCormick and to his right is Eleanora Ferrante, Adult Honoree. To date, the event has raised over $100,000.