This spring, my father passed away just short of his 92nd Birthday. While he had several health issues towards the end of his life, we shared a common one in both suffering from arthritis. In fact, we both used the Arthritis Society services and for a short period took the same medications to control our disease. I continue to take these medications under excellent supervision of my Rheumatologist.
Pop was a spectacular parent to my brothers and I, a dedicated husband, friend and relative, and loved by all who met him. He was a US Navy veteran from WWII although lived nearly all his life as a Canadian citizen. He retired some time ago from the Canadian National Railway.
I am dedicating my 2018 WALK to this man, my hero, who fought many health issues especially towards the end of his life. However, because we shared this disease, I decided to ask my friends and family to consider donating to this cause. Over the last few months, Pop was seen by a delightful therapist from the Arthritis Society who offered many helpful suggestions. Arthritis was challenging for him as he worked to manage the symptoms. It is a relentless disease, but with the attention of his Rheumatologist and therapist he was able to cope.
Pop will be missed deeply by myself and many others. There are lots of people who wanted to recognize the great and long life Pop had and I thought this charity would be a fitting benefactor. Donations will honor his life and I hope that these funds will eventually contribute to a cure and in the meantime, will ensure that the medications and services that strive to hold this disease in check will continue.
Rest in peace Pop and know that you were loved by many.
Here are some facts from the Arthritis Society to consider:
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 the prevalence of arthritis increases, so does the demand for investment into cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis.Please join me in supporting this important cause.
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