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Six Flags hosts fund-raiser for arthritis Thursday

Park opens exclusively for cause

Posted: March 4, 2009 12:32 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
The Arthritis Foundation will hold an Arthritis Walk Kick-Off Dinner and Program starting at 4 p.m. Thursday at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

The program will include information from sponsors, dignitaries, committee members and walk-team captains. Jay Thomas, park president, will keep Magic Mountain open for kick-off event attendees until 8 p.m.

Nine Arthritis Walks will be held in California, Hawaii, and Nevada during May and June. This year, the combined Santa Clarita/San Fernando Valley Arthritis Walk is May 3 at Six Flags.

The annual Arthritis Walk brings together thousands of children and adults suffering from arthritis, as well as members of the residential and business communities. Many valley businesses form teams and walk together, sporting their company logos on hats or shirts.

Children of all ages, walking or in strollers, and friendly dogs are welcome. The funds raised will support research for the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.

Community leaders participating in the walk include Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon.

"Physical activity, such as walking, is crucial to managing joint pain, improving mobility and reducing fatigue often associated with arthritis," said Manuel Loya, president of the Arthritis Foundation Southern California Chapter.

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