There is no cure for arthritis – a painful and devastating disease - that is why I am participating in the Walk for Arthritis.
Today, more than 6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to increase. By 2035, 1 in 4 Canadians will have arthritis. That means you or your wife, your mother or your brother just may have arthritis.
As some of you know, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 3. It is only through the work of the Arthritis Society, their programs and research, that my parents, doctors and therapists succeeded in protecting my mobility into adulthood. I make use of their programs even today as I cycle in and out of remission.
My niece was also diagnosed with Juvenile Inflammatory Arthritis and has been actively undergoing treatment all through middle school. While it sucks to have to watch her follow in my footsteps, it is heartening to see the advances that have been made in our understanding and treatment of the disease.
As the prevalence of arthritis increases, so does the demand for investment into cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative information and support that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis.
This year the Walk for Arthritis is celebrating its 10th year - help make this the best year ever by joining the Walk for Arthritis community and supporting this important cause!
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