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43 Forum: Arthritis Walk

My guests Kelly Donahue of the Arthritis Foundation and Dr. Nora Singer of Metro Health and Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine talked about what arthritis is, how one is diagnosed and what treatment are available. 

They also informed our viewers about that diet and exercise can stave off some of the painful effects of arthritis. 

46-million people in America suffer the effects of various forms of arthritis, including 300-thousand children. 

There are new treatments coming on line all the time and suffering are finding ways to cope.

Kelly Donahue talked about the many programs available through the Arthritis Foundation.   We also talked about the upcoming Annual Arthritis Walk to be held at the Metro Parks Zoo. 

19 Action News Anchor David Wittman and I will participate in it as usual.

Call 1-800-772-1213 or click HERE.



Let's Move Together at the 2011 Arthritis Walk

CLEVELAND – Lace up your sneakers and step off to raise arthritis awareness and funds at the Cleveland Arthritis Walk, Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 9 a.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The walk is the chapter's first event leading into May, which is designated National Arthritis Month.


The walk is presented locally by the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio and University Hospitals Department of Orthopaedics and features Walk Honorary Chair, Matthew J. Kraay, M.S., M.D., an Arthritis Foundation board member. Other local sponsors include Cleveland Women's Journal, North Coast ExecuSearch, Inc., 19ActionNews and Quantum Grafix.


The non-competitive 5K walk (3.1 miles), with a one-mile option, raises critical funds for arthritis research and local Arthritis Foundation programs and services. There is no charge to register and walkers who raise $100 receive an official 2011 Arthritis Walk T-shirt.

Zach Fuhrer, 14, of Carrollton, Ohio, is the 2011 Cleveland Arthritis Walk Hero. Diagnosed with seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when he was just three years old, Zach was recently diagnosed with juvenile spondyloarthropathy, a type of arthritis that involves the spine as well as the tendons. People often think of arthritis as only being an older person's disease, but the disease strikes people of all ages.  Zach is taking control of his arthritis through a combination of accurate and early diagnosis, effective arthritis medications, and the loving support of his family, which has formed a Cleveland Arthritis Walk team for the past four years.

Join Zach and thousands more at the 2011 Arthritis Walk and walk to raise awareness and funds that will improve the quality of life of all people with arthritis. Arthritis affects nearly 50 million Americans nationwide, including 300,000 children like Zach. In Northeastern Ohio, nearly 1.5 million people of all ages are diagnosed with arthritis.

Admission to the Zoo and Rainforest are included with your walk registration and donation. The Cleveland Cavaliers' Moondog and members of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Legends are among the celebrity guests. Festivities include live music by Lawless, complimentary refreshments, exhibit booths, raffle prizes and kids' corner. Zimmer's educational bus which includes interactive orthopaedic displays will be on-site.

Sign up as an individual walker or form a Walk team of family members, friends or co-workers. To register, visit www.2011clevelandarthritiswalk.kintera.org or contact Angela Smith, Arthritis Foundation Director of Special Events, at 216-831-7000 or 800-245-2275, ext. 105 or angelasmith@arthritis.org.

The Arthritis Foundation Has Answers!  Visit http://northeasternohio.arthritis.org for more information about local Arthritis Foundation programs and services, special events, Arthritis Expos, self-help educational series, and more. Or call the Arthritis Answers helpline at 216-831-7000 or 800-245-2275, ext. 114.


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