Joint Ventures
News & events of the Arthritis Foundation, Southeast Region
October 2012

 

Camp AcheAway 2012
We are excited that we had our biggest season ever, providing camp scholarships to more than 240 children between the ages of 6 and 17 across the region. Read their stories here.

Programs for Better Living
Aquatic, Exercise, Tai Chi & Walk With Ease are the four Programs for Better Living.  Hundreds of individuals benefit from these exercise programs including Walk With Ease Participant, Hope.  Read her story here.

World Arthritis Day Challenge
Friday, October 12th is World Arthritis Day. There is a worldwide challenge to collect 100,000 "waves" for World Arthritis Day to raise awareness of the impact of arthritis on millions worldwide. Learn how to submit your photos here.

Research Spotlight
The Arthritis Foundation has awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship grant to Nianlan Yang, Ph. D., of Georgia Health Sciences University.  The fellowship study, which focuses on a prospective new anti-arthritis therapy, will receive $100,000 over a two-year funding period. Learn More.

Did You Know?
Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability?
50 million Americans and nearly 300,000 children have a doctor-diagnosed form of arthritis.

Faces of Arthritis
I am the Face of Arthritis Campaign kicked off this year.  Throughout 2012 many "Faces" in our region have been featured on the www.arthritis.orgView them all.

Get Ready to Jingle!
It's Jingle Bell Run/Walk time in the Southeast Region and we have 21 events planned so you are sure to have one in your town! Click here for our calendar.

Get Involved!
The Southeast Region covers six states and can't operate without help from our volunteers, so join us in Advocacy, Special Events or our Programs & Services.  Find your local office here.

 

2012 Juvenile Arthritis Summer Camp "Favorites" 

We are excited that we had our biggest season ever, providing camp scholarships to more than 240 children between the ages of 6 and 17 across the region.  That represents more than $240,000 invested on our part in camp scholarships alone.  And if you were able to view the camp video or see some of the camper questionnaires that include their favorite things, I hope you agree that the empowerment these children get through this experience is priceless.  Here are a few "Favorites" from the kids!

My funniest story from Camp this year was:
"When I fell off the banana boat" – Sean, TN
"When we were at the Widji Beach Party" – Elli, TN
"When I was telling a story about sleepwalking and I ran into a wall!" – Alliyah, TN
"Coach Hassel and Huff" – Valentina, AL
"Our Boxcar Race" – Lauren, AL
"The stories we told each other in our cabin" – Leslie, AL
"Me. Kristen and Ashley taking our swim test" – Haley, AL
"Seeing the boys’ faces when they saw their shoes on the flagpole!" – Brittany, GA
"Putting a pie in Travis’s face" – Chris, GA
"That I had three dates to the dance" - Christian, GA
"Everything about getting ready for the dance!" – Emma, AR
"When we were fishing and our bait wouldn’t stay on the hook!" – Aaron, AR
"The Olympics activity.  We used cones to make a catwalk and did a modeling show!" – Madison, LA

My Favorite Camp Song or Cheer was:
"Herman the Worm" – Amani, TN
"The Warrior Song" – Ally, TN
"Toot Toot" – Alexis, TN
"The Love Bugs" – Valentina, AL
"Baby Shark" – Molly, AL
"Hey Burrito" – Emily, AL
"The CIT Chant" – Grant, AL
"The World’s Greatest" – Addison, GA
"Chicken Sandwiches with Tater Tots" – Abby, GA
"Jump, Shake your Booty!" – Allison, GA
"The Tree Song" - Katelyn, AR
"The Frog Song" - Danielle, LA
"I’m a Nut" – Anna Grace, AR

My Favorite Meal at Camp Was:
"Grilled Cheese" – Opal, TN
"Sausage and egg and chees biscuits" – Austin, TN
"When we made macaroni" – Kate, TN
"Fish Sticks and Tater Tots" – Haley, TN
"Leftovers Day!" – Makayla, AL
"Chicken Fingers" – John, AL
"The Macaroni and the Bacon" – Kaylyn, AL
"Salad" – Elsy, GA
"Pancakes and Sausage" – Andrew, GA
"Spaghetti" – Kynli, AR
"Fish Tacos" – Julia, AR
"Biscuits, Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast" – Madison, LA

When I go home, this experience from Camp will help me the most:
"Swimming in the lake, because my friend helped me learn to swim better" – Opal, TN
"Friendship, because that’s what life is about" – Austin, TN
"I learned to take a quick shower!" – Rachel, TN
"My new people skills, because I’m usually not very social with people" – Sara, TN
"How to have fun, because in the real world you need to know how to have fun!" – Juliana, TN
"I got over my fear of heights!" – Jessica, TN
"Knowing I’m not the only kid with arthritis" – Molly, AL
"I learned to be me, not just who people want me to be" – Elizabeth, AL
"To be myself and not worry about what other people think" – Hayden, AL
"Everything is fun.  It helps my bones." - Kamya, AL
"I learned how to take better care of myself." – Alyssa, AR
"I’m shy, but I still made friends at camp!" – Nia, LA

   

          One, two, three - Jump!                The best of friends are made at camp

    

Sittin' on the dock of the bay                       Ready, set, archery!

   

 Arts & crafts at Camp Acheaway, GA     Pool fun on a hot summer day at camp!

 

       

      Alabama - Camp MASH fingerprints

 

Programs for Better Living

Hope’s Hill

Hope - Resident of Trezevant Manor in Memphis, TN.  An Arthritis Foundation Flagship Facility offering all four of the Programs for Better Living.


Perhaps you have seen Ms. Hope Salvatori strolling around Trezevant lately with an extra twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes.  And perhaps you have wondered if something special has happened?  Well, the answer is YES! 

Hope, who has been a resident at the Manor for 15 years, has been a participant in our Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program since October, 2011.  Over the winter months, she set some individual walking goals which included improving her stamina through distance and frequency of walks and, more importantly, working to improve her posture when using her walker.  Hope began with short walks near the PAC, increased her distances by walking to the Terrace and back, and adding hall/floor walks as well. 

But, over this past month, Hope set a new goal.  Since she had never ventured outside Trezevant for a walk on the path, she was determined to give it a try.  The walk from the fountain to the Waynoka guard gate was easy for her.  And her eyes brightened as she enjoyed, for the first time, the sights and smells of the beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees that graced the path. 

However, when Hope spotted the “HILL”, from the gate to the entrance to Trezevant, she got a very determined look and stated that she wanted to climb that hill.  Although some of her walking buddies were in disbelief, nothing could sway her so SHE DID IT!  In fact, as of this printing, she has climbed that hill numerous times, always being careful to adhere to our walking safety rules and always having that twinkle in her pretty blue eyes when reaching the top.  As Hope has put it, “I enjoy the challenge of this hill.  I think it’s very good for me and helps me focus on picking up my feet.”  So, among the walkers, we have coined this “Hope’s Hill.” 

Hope celebrated her 92nd birthday on June 22nd.  She has had many life challenges she has met over these decades and, perhaps, Hope’s Hill might just be one of them. 

And are you are wondering if she has set another goal?  Of course.  She plans to walk to the Trezevant pond, take in the surroundings, and watch the ducks.  Any doubts about whether she will meet this challenge as well?

 

World Arthritis Day Challenge

 

Photo:  Thanks to Bryson Rhodes and his football team in Helena, Alabama, for Waving!

Friday, October 12th is World Arthritis Day.  There is a worldwide challenge to collect 100,000 "waves" for World Arthritis Day to raise awareness of the impact of arthritis on millions worldwide.  Send us your "waving photos and we'll upload them.  You can get creative or stay simple, wave with one, two or hundreds!

Email your photos to kwhitehurst@arthritis.org or visit www.worldarthritisday.org and send us your photos after you have loaded them so we can post them on our Facebook pages!

 

Research Spotlight

 

The Arthritis Foundation has awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship grant to Nianlan Yang, Ph. D., of Georgia Health Sciences University.  The fellowship study, which focuses on a prospective new anti-arthritis therapy, will receive $100,000 over a two-year funding period. 

This fellowship grant is one of several new projects awarded this year that are a part of the Arthritis Foundation’s strategic research initiatives.  The organization is the world’s largest private nonprofit funder of arthritis research, investing more than $450 million that has resulted in advances in treatment and has given mobility back to countless patients.  In addition to research funding the Arthritis Foundation fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis, and partners with individuals and families to provide empowering local programs and information.  Arthritis is currently the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Dr. Yang joined the faculty of Georgia Health Sciences University during 2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow after completing training at the Medical College of Georgia.

Read about each state's Researchers:

Alabama

Arkansas

Georgia

Louisiana

Mississippi

Tennessee

Faces of Arthritis

The "I am the Face of Arthritis" photo campaign kicked off during August. Throughout 2012 and 2013 many "Faces" in our region have will be featured on the www.arthritis.org.  See the photos and statements from the Southeast Region below and visit the National website to see more!  Photos will continue to be released throughout 2013, and we will be offering many ways you can share your own story through this campaign.

Savanna Graham, Mississippi

 

 

 

Phillip Ruth, Arkansas

 

Hunter Pruett, Georgia

 

Karen Beyke, Tennessee

 

Dalaney Casselman, Alabama

 

Cindy Ducker, Alabama

 

Get Ready to Jingle!


Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this fall to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Recruit friends and family members to be your team members and raise funds to fight arthritis. Dress in holiday themed costumes and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. 

Click on your state below to find one of the Southeast Region's 21 events near you and register today!

Alabama

Arkansas

Georgia

Mississippi

Tennessee

 

Get Involved

 

The Southeast Region covers six states and can't operate without help from our volunteers, so join us in Advocacy, Special Events or our Programs & Services.  Find your local office here.

 

Did You Know?

Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability.


50 million Americans and nearly 300,000 children have a doctor-diagnosed form of arthritis.

 

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Alabama - Arkansas - GeorgiaMississippi - Tennessee

 

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