Walk to Cure Arthritis


What is the Walk to Cure Arthritis?

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide team walk event that raises funds to fight arthritis. The event generally takes place during the month of May in conjunction with National Arthritis Month.

What is a team?

A team is a group of dedicated people raising funds for the Walk to Cure Arthritis.

How can my company participate?

Companies can participate by organizing a team(s) of co-workers, vendors, family and friends to raise money and walk in the event.

Is the Walk to Cure Arthritis limited to corporate teams?

No, in fact we also encourage team participation through civic organizations, schools, family and friends. Individuals are also welcome to participate, too!

Is it difficult to organize a team?

No, team participation is easy! All teams are led by a team captain. Team captains serve as the liaison between the Arthritis Foundation and your organization. Team captains receive a "Team Captain Packet" with instructions and materials to ensure success in building a large walk team.

Is my corporation/organization required to make a specific contribution?

No! Generally, teams generate a larger contribution by raising funds collectively. Remember that matching gifts can double your fund raising dollars!

How do I sign up for the event?

Participants can register online at www.arthritis.org or by sending in a hard copy registration form to your local chapter office. You will receive all of the necessary tools to get your fundraising efforts started.

How are funds raised through team participation?

Each team member is responsible for achieving their own fundraising goal and is encouraged to set a high goal - most participants raise $200 or more! Participants can raise funds online by setting up their very own personal web page and asking friends, family and co-workers to donate.

How is the money collected?

For donations made online, the Arthritis Foundation will receive these funds instantly. All other donations (check or cash) should be turned in to your team captain. Team captains are responsible for turning in their team's funds to the Arthritis Foundation.

How is the money used?

Money raised from the Walk to Cure Arthritis will help fund the mission of the Arthritis Foundation, which is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

How can top management get involved with the Walk to Cure Arthritis?

Your CEO or Senior Level Management Staff can help by issuing an "Walk to Cure Arthritis" challenge among employees. Ask them to endorse a memo to all staff requesting their participation and offer a free company t-shirt to generate excitement and gain publicity.

How long is the route?

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a non-competitive, fully accessible 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course with a one-mile option for those who wish to walk a shorter distance.

Why should I participate?

Arthritis and chronic joint symptoms affect 50 million Americans, including nearly 300,000 children. Your participation is urgently needed to help find a cure. Join the team today and be a leader in the fight against arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability.

Whom should I contact if I require further information?

For more details on the Arthritis Foundation's Walk to Cure Arthritis please contact the Arthritis Foundation toll-free at 1-877-232-2898 or e-mail arthritiswalk@arthritis.org. To find the Walk to Cure Arthritis event being held nearest to you, check the event dates and locations. You can also contact your local Arthritis Foundation office directly.

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