For Immediate Release

May 1, 2014
Contact:
Kelly Donahue
Communications Director
Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region
kdonahue@arthritis.org
216-285-2821

 

Governor John R. Kasich Proclaims May Arthritis Awareness Month in Ohio
Urges Citizens to Support the Arthritis Foundation, Learn More about Arthritis

CINCINNATI, OH – Governor John R. Kasich has declared that May 2014 is Arthritis Awareness Month in the state of Ohio. Throughout the state, the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis events are taking place to raise funds to fight for a cure for the nation’s #1 cause of disability.

In the proclamation, Governor Kasich urges citizens to “support the Arthritis Foundation to learn more about the services available to take control of this disease, and make informed choices about arthritis care in pursuit of a happy, healthy lifestyle.”  In Ohio nearly 2.6 million people, including 11,500 children, have been diagnosed. That’s 31 percent of the state’s population.

May is also National Arthritis Month set aside to raise the volume on the national dialogue about arthritis. Nationwide more than 50 million people, including 300,000 children, have been diagnosed.

You can make a difference!

On May 3, 2014 the free Cincinnati Arthritis Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blue Ash YMCA. Hear doctors from The Christ Hospital Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine speak on arthritis-related topics. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/mb6ztjp.

In Cincinnati, the Walk to Cure Arthritis is Saturday, May 18, 2014 at Sawyer Point. Register at: www.arthritiswalkgreatercincinnati.kintera.org. In Dayton, the Walk to Cure Arthritis is Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Southview Medical Center Campus in Dayton. Register: http://arthritiswalkdayton.kintera.org/

On May 21, 2014, the Arthritis Foundation and the Ohio Association of Rheumatology (OAR) are co-sponsoring Joint Advocacy Day in Columbus, OH. There advocates from across the state will share facts about arthritis and their arthritis stories with state legislators. They will make the case that more needs to be done to ensure access to care today and a cure for arthritis tomorrow.

Register online for Joint Advocacy Day: https://tinyurl.com/m7c54pn. Registration is being coordinated by OAR. Email pfields@arthritis.org with questions or call 513-527-5042.

For more information on arthritis, its treatment options as well as resources for living better with arthritis, visit www.arthritis.org/ohio or call 800-245-2275, ext. 6416.

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, painful and unacceptable 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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