PEI Legislators support The Arthritis Society

April 20, 2011
Progressive Conservative leader Olive Crane moved a motion in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island yesterday in support of The Arthritis Society–PEI Division. Members of the Legislative Assembly voted unanimously in support of the motion which was aimed at promoting awareness of The Arthritis Society, its mission and the challenges Islanders with arthritis face including timely access to rheumatologists and required medications.

“We are pleased that the Legislative Assembly acknowledged the important programs and services that The Arthritis Society provides to people with arthritis in Prince Edward Island,” says Susan Tilley-Russell, Executive Director of The Arthritis Society–Atlantic Region. “It is very encouraging to see issues affecting people with arthritis, including the lack of access to health-care providers and treatments, recognized by our political leaders.”

The Arthritis Society’s mission is to search for the underlying causes of, and subsequent cures for, arthritis and to promote the best possible care and treatment for people living with this chronic disease. The Society provides a variety of educational programs and services, supports research initiatives, fosters advocacy efforts and hosts fundraising events, such as the Joints In Motion program and the upcoming Walk to Fight Arthritis on May 15, 2011 in Charlottetown.

In Prince Edward Island alone, 24,000 people are currently battling arthritis, making it one of the province’s most common chronic conditions.

Rosie Keough is one of many Islanders living who have benefitted from The Arthritis Society’s services. “Over the years, The Arthritis Society has been a great help and a wealth of knowledge for me,” she says. “The arthritis self-management program showed me how to manage my disease and get the most out of every day. An employee of The Arthritis Society also encouraged me to do a full marathon with the Joints In Motion program in 2005. Without that help and encouragement, I would have never ever considered doing such a thing.”