Over 1,000 runners and walkers will be on hand at the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 14th at Buffalo Bayou in Houston to help support the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to cure arthritis and make it easier for people living with the disease to achieve everyday victories. As the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, national fundraising event, the Walk to Cure Arthritis brings together communities to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, and is a great way to experience the power of giving back to your community.
Local honorees will share their inspiring stories of living with arthritis during the Houston Walk to Cure Arthritis. Dr. Patricia Rosillo, Pediatric Rheumatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, will serve as the Medical Honoree. Dr. Rosillo is responsible for helping countless kids struggling with juvenile arthritis and educating their families. Her focus is to educate and empower patients, their families, and the community.
In the United States alone, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis. Costing the U.S. economy $156 billion dollars a year, arthritis affects one in five Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. The Houston Walk to Cure Arthritis will help those living with arthritis by supporting programs, research and advocacy initiatives as well as fund crucial research aimed at finding a cure for the disease.
“Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” says Event Chair Cristina Schaefer. “When you support Walk to Cure Arthritis, you become a Champion of Yes, helping us build a lifetime of better while accelerating the search for a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event that truly makes a difference, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together and giving back to the community. Together, Houston can Walk to Cure Arthritis and help us reach our goal of raising $250,000 to help find a cure for this disease.”
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is nationally presented by Amgen and sponsored by Massage Envy and Aleve. To register for the Houston Walk to Cure Arthritis or to learn more about the event, visit walktocurearthritis.org/Houston or contact Jen Torres, Arthritis Foundation Senior Director, at 713-253-0688.
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4 million readers per issue.