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Walk to conquer the crippling disease of arthritis on Sunday, June 3

Mary Anne O’Halloran is shown with her two sons, Logan MacDonald, 7, and Jacob, 9. Both children have juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), a non-hereditary, autoimmune disease.
Mary Anne O’Halloran is shown with her two sons, Logan MacDonald, 7, and Jacob, 9. Both children have juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), a non-hereditary, autoimmune disease. - Desiree Anstey

25,000 Islanders struggle to accomplish everyday tasks because of this painful disease

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Although there is no cure for this painful disease that reduces mobility and damages joints, there is hope.

The Arthritis Society is gearing up for their ninth annual fundraiser that supports cutting-edge research and programs to help the 25,000 Islanders living with arthritis.

“Supporting the Walk for Arthritis truly does make a difference in the lives of Islanders affected by this disease,” remarked Rebecca Gariepy, community engagement coordinator for the Arthritis Society’s Prince Edward Island Division.

“We’d love to see everyone out in Charlottetown and Summerside to have a great time and help support their friends, family and co-workers. It’s a really fun event for the whole family with food and prizes.”

Walk for Arthritis will take place in both Charlottetown and Summerside on Sunday, June 3.

The Charlottetown Walk takes place at the University of Prince Edward outdoor track, with registration starting at noon and the Walk beginning at 1 p.m.
The Summerside event is at the waterfront boardwalk (registration at 10 a.m., Walk at 11 a.m.).

Walk for Arthritis brings families, friends and organizations together in over 45 communities across Canada. It builds a community of support for Canadians with arthritis, and serves to elevate public awareness of the challenges of living with this devastating disease.

Last year, the Arthritis Society on P.E.I. offered in-person programs to hundreds of people across the Island and provided education on juvenile arthritis to over 500 junior high school students, in addition to the funds raised for cutting-edge research

The Society thanked their national sponsors Redpath, Massage Addict and Keeogo, along with local sponsors Fox Meadows Golf Course, Cavendish Foods, Maritime Electric, UPEI, the City of Charlottetown and the City of Summerside for their generous support and for making funding a cure for arthritis a priority.

For more information, visit www.walkfortarthritis.ca.

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