News From Western Pennsylvania

Tina's Story

Tina was on a number of medications and sometimes needed up to two shots per week when her arthritis was at its worst.  The Arthritis Foundation is proud to honor Tina as this year's 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk Pre-Teen Honoree.  Click here to read more about her fight against arthritis. 


Logan's Story

The Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk Child Honoree is five-year-old Logan Butter.  Logan, along with 300,000 children in the United States, has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. He was diagnosed when he was only four years old.  Click here to read about how he has made strides to overcome his arthritis. 




2012 Juvenile Arthritis Conference Experience

Nearly 1,000 people from over 30 states attended the Juvenile Arthritis Conference.  Twenty-seven families and individuals from the Great Lakes Region participated, including several rheumatology fellows, two JA Conference award winners, and 17 families who received a scholarship from the Arthritis Foundation to help cover the cost of attending. One of these participants included Gary Matus who is seven years old.  Click here to learn more about Gary's experience at the conference.


 Tai Chi: A Program for Better Living

As part of the Arthritis Foundation’s “Programs for Better Living”, the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program aims to reduce stress, increase balance and flexibility, help participants feel relaxed and improve overall mind, body and spirit.  Click here to read more about this unique way of managing your arthritis.


Celebrate World Arthritis Day and try the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program
Taught by Gurney Bolster, MA, DTR
Certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute and the Arthritis Foundation

It’s FREE!!
October 6, 2012, 9:30 to 11:00am
Mt Lebanon Park, Cedar Blvd and Hollycrest Dr, 15228

9:30 Registration
10:00 -11:00 Tai Chi class, demonstration, Q & A
Contact us at or 412.566.1645

More Than Just a Camp

Camp Dakota, Flying Horse Farms, and the Annie W. Anderson Fall Family Camp are camps held in the Great Lakes Region for children living with arthritis and related diseases.  These camps are designed to provide children living with debilitating diseases the opportunity to forget about their illness and have a fun-filled camp experience with other children just like them.  Click here to learn more and see photos from these camps.   

Your Juvenile Arthritis Research Questions Answered

Research in children is necessary to make new treatments for childhood arthritis available and safe. Click here to learn more from Gloria C. Higgins PhD, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University, and a member of the Division of Rheumatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.

Pediatric Rheumatologist Shortages

Do you know how many pediatric rheumatologists are in your state?  The answer might surprise you.  There are ten states with no board certified, practicing pediatric rheumatologist and eight more states with only one. Click here to learn about how the Arthritis Foundation is taking action against these shortages.

Upcoming Events

2012 Pittsburgh Arthritis Expo

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10:00am-2:00pm Community College of Allegheny County-South Campus 1750 Clairton Road (Route 885) West Mifflin, PA 15222 Please join us for this FREE opportunity to learn more about arthritis related subjects. The Arthritis Expo will feature vendors, health screenings and breakout sessions on various topics. Click here for registration and more information.

 Get a Massage and Help the Arthritis Foundation!

Healing Hands for Arthritis- September 19 at Your Local Massage Envy

On September 19, $10 from every one-hour massage and facial session will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. Schedule an appointment for September 19 and help 50 million men, women and children with arthritis find lasting relief.

2012 Bone Bash Pittsburgh

10/19/2012- Clear Story Studio
1931 Sydney Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

The Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash is a Halloween themed party. This costumed affair includes spooky decorations, costume contests, a silent auction auction and frightfully fun entertainment including music, games, and much more! Please contact Beth Brown at 412.566.1645 and

2012 Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Enter a costume contest, and enter your dog into a costume contest too!

Sign Up for a Jingle Bell Run in Pittsburgh:
Pittsburgh Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Thank you to the 2012 Arthritis Walk Region Sponsor:

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