News from Western PA

Former MLB Pitcher to be Honored at Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis Presented by Allegheny Health Network

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Walker, father of Pittsburgh Pirates' second baseman Neil Walker, knows what it's like to face a tough opponent. But he didn't realize one of his harshest rivals would be arthritis.  The Arthritis Foundation is honoring Walker at the 2014 Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis presented locally by Allegheny Health Network.  Click here to read more about his fight against arthritis.


Did you know there are several online tools to help you better manage your arthritis?  Click here to learn more about these tools start using them in your fight against arthritis!  Tools include:

  • Online Slideshows
  • Track + React
  • Arthritis Weather Index
  • Drug Guide
  • Arthritis Self-Management Program


The Power of Our Voices: A First Time Advocacy Summit Experience

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the annual Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.  where adults and children affected by arthritis come from every corner of the United States to learn how to effectively speak about arthritis advocacy priorities and build continuing relationships with their members of Congress and their staff.  Read more about Caitlin’s first time experience at the Advocacy Summit and what our advocates accomplished.



Jacki Barger, LPN, Orthopaedic Educator, University Hospitals - Geauga Medical Center, answers the following questions:I have osteoarthritis in my knee. My physician is suggesting that I consider a joint replacement in the next six months. Are there exercises or other things I can do to get ready for surgery?  And what about exercising after the surgery?  Click here to read the answers.


The One-of-a-Kind Juvenile Arthritis Conference

The Juvenile Arthritis Conference is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, nationwide event for families affected by juvenile arthritis. Join us for this four-day educational event that focuses on health, wellness and fun for children affected by arthritis, lupus, myositis, ankylosing spondylitis and other rheumatic diseases. The whole family is invited! Specific educational tracks focus on issues relating to parents, teens and young adults, children affected by arthritis and their siblings. 

This Juvenile Arthritis Conference offers a chance to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn new techniques for managing juvenile arthritis and have fun!  Click here for more information and to register.



2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Honoree

One of our Arthritis Foundation Great Lakes Region volunteers, Mayro Kanning, is the 2014 National Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree.  Mayro has lived 34 years or nearly half her life with rheumatoid arthritis.  Her volunteerism with the Arthritis Foundation’s Ohio River Valley market is extraordinary and her Arthritis Walk team – Mayro’s Milers - has raised more than $264,000 since 2003.  Click here to sign up for a walk in your area today and join Mayro in her efforts  to raise money and awareness for the 53 million adults and 300,000 children living with America’s number one cause of disability.


Great Lakes Region Researcher Headed to Paris to Present Poster at OARSI Conference

Veronica Ulici, MD, Ph.D, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and an Arthritis Foundation-funded researcher, will present a poster in Paris, France later this month about her research on molecular changes to cartilage in post-traumatic osteoarthritis, or arthritis that results from an injury to a joint.  Click here to read more about this important research.


Shop at and Earn Money for the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region

If you shop at, here’s something you should know! You have the opportunity to buy items and help the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region at the same time through the AmazonSmile Program. Please go to and start shopping. The region will receive 0.5 percent of your total purchases! Almost all physical purchases will count; however, Kindle books and some subscriptions do not. Thanks and happy purchasing!


Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving in May – National Arthritis Month

The Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving is Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  May is National Arthritis Month. Mark your calendar and visit on May 6 and make an online gift to the Arthritis Foundation. A percentage of your gift will be matched by The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Breaking the Pain Chain

Register now for a free Breaking the Pain Chain® educational program that empowers participants to effectively manage their arthritis and related chronic conditions through an understanding of the pain pathways and the effect pain can have on the physical, emotional and social aspects of life:

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1-3:00 p.m. at the Arthritis Foundation, 1st Floor Conference Room, Foster Plaza #11, 790 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Contact Allison Brenckle to register at or call 412-250-3343.


Special Thank You!

Thank you to our 2014 Region Walk to Cure Arthritis Sponsor Abbvie.  We are thankful for your commitment to the Arthritis Foundation and the 53 million people living with arthritis.

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