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Arthritis Walk set for May 16

Posted: May 14, 2010 5:57 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2010 5:48 p.m.
 
Los Angeles, CA - The Arthritis Foundation's Pacific Region office has announced that the Let's Move Together Arthritis Walk for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys will take place on Sunday, May 16 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.

Attending the Walk will be thousands of adults, teens and children from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, and the Greater Los Angeles area, who will enjoy a day of fun and fitness while raising funds for a cure for arthritis. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the Walk will begin at 9 a.m.

Walkers can choose from a one-mile or three-mile course. Funds raised in the annual Walk support research in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.

Let's Move Together, a nationwide movement sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, and the Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation's signature event, taking place in communities nationwide to raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nation's number one cause of disability. Nine Arthritis Walks will be held in California and Hawaii during May and June.

Arthritis, the leading cause of disability, affects more than 46 million adults and nearly 300,000 children nationwide. The annual Arthritis Walk brings together thousands of children and adults suffering from Arthritis, as well as members of the residential and business communities. The entire family is invited to join others in the community for the Walk. There will be a Festival Zone, Kids Zone, live entertainment and refreshments.

Many local 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.

Community leaders participating in the Walk include: Honorary Walk Chair Jay Thomas, Magic Mountain Park President; Ashley Thomas, sister of Youth Honoree in memoriam Melanie Jackson; Walk Chair and Sponsorship Chair Cheri and Don Fleming, Valencia Acura; Walk Vice-Chair Joni Shaffery; and Dale Surowitz, Providence Tarzana Medical Center. This year's Youth Walk Honoree is Taylor McLaughlin, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at age four.

Premier Sponsors of the Walk are Providence Health & Services, California; Six Flags Friends, Magic Mountain; and Walmart. Local sponsors include: Amgen, Wyeth, Abbot, and Princess Cruises. CBS-2/KCAL-9 and KOST 103.5 FM are media sponsors.

"Physical activity, such as walking, is crucial to managing joint pain, improving mobility and reducing fatigue often associated with arthritis," said Manuel Loya, Chief Executive Officer of the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region, "It is our hope that the Let's Move Together movement will lead people to take action, both to improve their own lives and the lives of others with arthritis."

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 46 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $400 million in research grants since 1948.

The foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis. Information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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